The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) has announced that National Tire Safety Week 2018 will run from May 21-28, and will feature the theme “Know Your Roll.” The campaign aims to educate consumers about proper tire care and maintenance, including the potential concerns with unsafe used tires.
When my mate Scotty uttered that I drove like a woman he meant it as a slur, but the joke is now on him – it turns out that this is an award-winning driving style. The award is a bronze 2017 Epica Award in the online campaigns – automotive category, and was given to Hankook Tire Sweden for a short video highlighting the over-representation of men, and younger men in particular, in Sweden’s road accident statistics.
Once you slip winter tires on to your car, you’ll have to get used to sliding less on the road. But that doesn’t mean you’re invincible.
“You could drive the exact same and you would be surprised at the stopping distance you have,” said Angelo DiCicco, general manager with Young Drivers of Canada. “They may be a little bit noisier and they may feel a little bit clunkier around turns – but you should view that as being more sure-footed.”
Unlike normal tires that get harder – and lose their grip on the road – when it gets colder than 7 degrees Celsius outside, the rubber in winter tires is designed to stay soft so tires can keep their gripping power to -40C.
“It’s absolutely the single most important differentiation between today’s winter tires and winter tires of yore,” said Glenn Maidment, president of the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), an industry group representing tire manufacturers.
Even though winter tires help you stick better to roads, you should stick to being cautious, Maidment said.
Winter tire regulations for B.C. highways come back in force on Sunday.
In a media release, the provincial transportation ministry is reminding motorists that not having winter tires on designated highways — like Highway 99 from Squamish to Whistler or Highway 5 east of Hope — could bring a fine of $121. Drivers of vehicles that don’t have a minimum tread of 3.5 mm can be fined $109.
Winter tires are designated in B.C. by either a mountain snowflake symbol or a mud and snow (M+S) symbol on the tire sidewall.
“It is the responsibility of all drivers to ensure they have the correct winter tires on designated routes — this, along with other safe driving behaviours such as slowing down, putting your phone out of reach, and not drinking and driving, can make a big difference in getting everyone home safely,” public safety minister and solicitor general Mike Farnworth said.
The winter tire requirement lasts until March 31.
Nikolai Setzer, Continental AG executive board member for tires talks about Continental ContiSense and ContiAdapt tire technology. ContiSeal is a technology designed to seal damaged tyre tread. ContiSense: Uses tire sensors to measure tread depth and temperature and alerts drivers to tire damage – data transmission via electrically conductive rubber ContiAdapt: Adjusts tire pressure and rim width to adapt contact patch to road conditions.
Goodyear Tire announced today that it has agreed to acquire Ventech Systems, an automated tire inspection technology company, from Grenzebach Maschinenbau.
Ventech Systems (https://ventech.de/en), based in Dorsten, Germany, delivers innovative measuring devices for the vehicle industry. The company was founded in 2006. It provides a fully-automated tire inspection system that quickly and easily checks tire pressure, tread depth and vehicle weight for buses, trucks, cars and other vehicles.
AKRON — Goodyear is pushing further into the fleet management business by agreeing to buy Ventech Systems G.m.b.H., a Germany-based developer of automated tire inspection technology under the trade name PneuScan.
Pirelli Tire North America (PTNA) has partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) keep roads safe from drunk drivers.
Between Aug. 26 and Oct. 2, 2017, for every new set of Scorpion tires purchased in North America, Pirelli will give customers a $60 Visa prepaid card and will donate $5 to MADD. Pirelli will also give customers the opportunity to donate to MADD as well.
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company and the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) are encouraging teens and young adults across the country to learn how to conduct three basic monthly tire safety checks – tire pressure, tread depth and overall tire condition – and share this information with their peers through the new Tread WiselyTM Challenge. Participating schools, clubs, groups and organizations will compete against one another this year for the chance to win cash prizes.
Since early 2016, Continental’s Chassis & Safety and Tire divisions have been partnering with the “Stop the Crash” campaign initiated by Global NCAP. The aim of this collaboration is to raise awareness among political decision-makers, fleet managers, journalists and ultimately, of course, drivers too, of the part that driver assistance systems such as ESC, Emergency Brake Assist and motorcycle ABS play in attaining greater safety.