Volvo of Oakville
770 Pacific Road, Oakville, ON  L6L 6M5
Tire Smart




When it comes to the maintenance of your tires, Volvo of Oakville wants you to do your PART! Learning about proper tire care and safety is not only simple and easy, but it’s important for the life of your new or used car.



We recommend checking your tires monthly, including the spare. Unfortunately, most drivers easily forget about keeping up with the care of their tires. That’s why we want to educate drivers in the GTA about the importance of staying safe on the road. By taking the right steps with your tires, you can ensure that you won’t be left stranded on the side of the road or involved in an accident. If you think you may have a tire problem, are unsure about the condition of your current tires, or have any questions, consult one of Volvo of Oakville's Service Consultants as soon as possible.



Learning “PART” is a great way to know about what’s most important for your tires.



P is for Pressure


Checking your tire pressure on a monthly basis is one of the most important steps you can take towards proper care. Driving on under-inflated tires can cause unnecessary stress, irregular wear, loss of control, and accidents. Even if you think your tires are fine, just remember that a tire can lose up to half its air pressure and not appear to be flat! Under-inflation can also reduce your gas mileage.



A is for Alignment


If your vehicle is pulling to one side, or shaking, it might be time to have your alignment checked. Common situations like driving over a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and even cause damage to your tires. At Volvo of Oakville, we can check your alignment periodically to ensure that your car is safe and properly aligned.



R is for Rotation


By regularly rotating your vehicle's tires, you will help to achieve more uniform wear that tires should experience. Unless your vehicle owner's manual has specific recommendations for special tire maintenance, it’s good to have your tires rotated approximately every 12,000 kms. Most drivers typically rotate their tires when they stop in for an oil change.



T is for Tread


For the tread on your tires, it’s best to do two things: measure it and inspect it. Look for any advanced or unusual wear around your tires. Worn-down tread can significantly reduce the ability of your tires to grip the road in adverse conditions. Look for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage. Ensuring that your tread is in good shape can secure your safety on the road - especially on long road trips.



Winter/Snow Tires



Being able to properly stop and steer your vehicle in icy conditions is a must.


Installing Winter Tires from Volvo of Oakville will enhance performance for a new level of control during winter conditions. Snow tires are made from a softer rubber which allows them to retain their flexibility in colder weather and gives the tire a better grip. Our friendly and knowledgeable tire center staff will help you find the right snow tires for your vehicle so you can have a much safer winter commute.


Winter Tires — Increase Safety, Handling and Performance



Increased Safety


  • Winter Tires can reduce stopping distance by up to 25%, or two to three car lengths.



Increased control, traction, and performance


  • Winter Tires provide significant improvement in control, traction, and performance in winter driving conditions.



Winter Tires v. All-Season Tires


  • All-season tires were developed in the early 1980s as a reasonable compromise between 3-season and Snow Tires.
  • All-season tires were never intended to provide winter traction equal to a true winter tire.
  • Although most all-season tires have a M+S (Mud and Snow) rating, they do not meet the Severe Winter Service Traction Standard.



 Economic sense


  • Winter Tires can save consumers money by reducing the risk of costly accidents and collision repair.
  • Winter tires also save wear and tear on your 3-season tires, extending their lifetime since they won't be subject to ice and snow.


What Makes a Winter Tire Different?New compounds


  • Winter Tires are composed of softer compounds designed to maintain grip and malleability at low temperatures.
  • The addition of silica and other additives to the tire tread decreases wear and provides enhanced traction in wet conditions.


Enhanced tread design


  • Optimized design featuring increased number of lateral biting edges
  • Enhanced siping; when cornering, these small transverse slits on the outer edges of the tread and tread blocks squeeze together to form a solid tread block and provide better grip.




Common Objections:


I don’t need to change to Winter Tires if I drive on all-season tires.


    Depending on winter weather conditions in your area, Winter Tires can improve the driving experience.
  • Winter Tires are recommended for areas where the temperature is 7 degrees and below the majority of the time.
  • The difference between a winter tire and an all-season tire is the tread design and the rubber compound.
  • When the air gets colder, the rubber on an all-season tire loses its flexibility and decreases tire traction.
  • A Winter Tire provides the added peace of mind that comes from better grip and vehicle control.


It’s okay to put on only two Winter Tires instead of four, if they are installed on the drive wheels.


    Winter Tires should be mounted at all four corners.
  • A good analogy is shoes: If you wear a hiking boot on one foot and a summer sandal on the other, equal traction in snow or slush is not possible. So, be safe and put four Winter Tires on the vehicle.


Winter Tires are a lot more expensive than all-season tires.


    Winter Tires are about the same price as all-season tires but, in effect, will save you money in the long run since you are not using your all-season tires all year round.


Doesn’t ABS and traction control eliminate the need for Winter Tires?


    ABS and traction control help control the vehicle, but…
  • ABS will help you keep from locking up the brakes, but you will decrease the braking distance if you have Winter Tires. It also will not optimize lateral traction to help you turn.
  • Traction control is like AWD, it gets you going, but does not help with stopping or turning.


Why do I need to think about purchasing Winter Tires so early?



    Tire manufacturers produce a limited amount of Winter Tires per year. Selection and availability is better earlier in the season.




Feel free to browse around, and if you have any questions about our tire products or services, please contact our Volvo of Oakville Tire Center today! At Volvo of Oakville, we're here to provide you with the quality service you should expect from a tire dealer! You can also send an email to with your tire size or year and make of your Volvo to receive a free price quote on tires. 


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