Tires provide the traction for stopping, cornering and they help absorb road bumps to give you a smooth, safe and comfortable ride. Automotive Techniques carries a full line of Tire Brands.


Warning Signs


  • If your tires squeal when cornering your tire pressure may be low.
  • Excessive wear in the centre of a tire may indicate that it is over inflated.
  • If your vehicle handles poorly or gives you a rough ride it may be that your tires are over inflated.
  • Tread wear on the outside edges suggests that your tire is under inflated. Under inflation contributes to poor handling, reduced fuel economy and possible failure.
  • When you see a narrow rubber stripe (Wear Bar) running across your tires it indicates your tire has reached a point that, by law, it must be replaced.


Tire Types


All-season tires are one of the most popular tires sold today. They are designed to handle dry and wet pavement and a small amount of snow.


Performance tires are designed to really hold the road. They provide crisp, responsive handling but you may sacrifice some ride comfort.


Winter tires are specially constructed to provide traction on snow-covered roads. Winter tires remain pliable in cold weather and have a more aggressive tread design to give you better traction.


Off-road tires are designed for highway comfort and rugged enough for the backwoods trail. They provide grip and traction in mud, turf and a smooth ride on the highway.


Tire Tips


Purchasing tires is a big investment so you want to ensure that you maximize their life. Here are some tips to help you prolong tire life, improve gas mileage and have a superior driving experience.


  • You should check your tire pressure once a month. Since air is a gas you should check the pressure when the tires are cold which means you should not have driven your car more than 2 kilometers, or within the last three hours.
  • Tires wear differently on the front because of the scraping they receive as they turn to steer your car. To get the most out of your tires you should rotate them every 10,000 kilometers, or as recommended in your owner¹s manual. This will help make the tires wear more evenly, resulting in increased safety and consistency.
  • When purchasing new tires it is important to do so in pairs or sets of four because mixing new tires with old or different types can lead to poor handling and compromise your safety. It is also important that they are the same size, speed rating and that the load carrying capability meets or exceeds your original tires load capacity.
  • New tires require a break-in period. When tires are manufactured, a lubricant is applied to prevent them from sticking to their mold. Some of this lubricant will remain on your tire that can affect traction when starting, stopping and or cornering.


Winter Tires


While all-season tires can effectively handle both dry and wet roads, we recommend winter tires for driving in snowy conditions. Spring and fall tire service should include exchanging summer or light all season tires for winter, or snow tires. They provide more traction and grip, enabling you to better control your vehicle in snowy and icy conditions. The tread design is different from all-season tires – it’s more aggressive, resulting in superior control and grip, so that your wheels don’t just spin in slippery weather.


Winter tires also remain pliable in colder temperatures because they’re made with rubber compounds designed not to harden in lower temperatures. Softer compounds help them to stick to ice and dig through snow in the cold helping you stay safe and drive with confidence in the snowy Canadian winter.


Performance Tires


Performance tires are specially designed and constructed for superior handling at high speeds. They are ideal for “sportier” cars or driving styles, while standard all-season tires are designed to provide good handling and a softer ride.


Performance tires are made with a different rubber compound than other tires; they’re designed to stay softer and stickier and really grip the road and hug tight curves and corners, keeping you in complete control of your vehicle at higher speeds. Many performance tires are shorter and wider than other tires, so that they cover more of the road’s surface and offer better traction in dry conditions. Short tire sidewalls limit lateral tire movement on the rim, improving cornering. Performance tires also have a shorter stopping distance thanks to better adhesion and a wider footprint.


Performance tires offer enhanced handling and control for a smooth, enjoyable ride. With shallower grooves than winter tire treads, performance tires are not appropriate for snowy weather. At Speedy, our tire experts can advise on the best performance tires for your vehicle.


Types of Performance Tires


Advanced technology and design means that there are several different kinds of performance tires for you to choose from, depending on your vehicle, driving style, and the weather conditions where you live:


  • Performance tires – improved handling and stopping abilities at higher speeds
  • High Performance tires – wider, to cover more road surface, and even more increased high-speed handling and stability
  • Ultra-High Performance Tires – among the fastest tires on the market, designed for use at very high speeds and for extreme performance on sporty vehicles
  • Competition tires – specialty performance tires designed and manufactured for racing, with enhanced acceleration ability and handling, but not practical or intended for everyday use


There are even more tire variations for winter, summer, or all-season performance tires.  We can help you decide which performance tires are best for your vehicle.