Winter Tire Pressure


(It is winter. Our FIELD REPORTER is walking around a car parked outside in a driveway. He addresses the camera.)

It pays to take care of your tires. Well-maintained tires are essential for your safety. They can also help you save money at the pump—and they’re better for the environment because they improve your car’s efficiency.

(Our FIELD REPORTER stoops next to the front left tire. He addresses the camera.)

Check for wear at least once a month. How? Using a tread depth gauge. Simply insert the tip of the depth gauge into the tread lines and read the measurement. If the tread depth is less than 4 millimetres, tire performance will be compromised in rain or snow. While you don’t have to replace your tires right away, it is a warning that you are at greater risk of skidding out of control on wet or icy roads.

(Our FIELD REPORTER stands next to the car. He addresses the camera.)

Check your air pressure monthly, too. Be sure to you use one of these pressure gauges... (he holds up the gauge) ...Because you can’t always tell if a tire’s properly inflated just by looking at it. For the best reading, check the pressure when the tires are cold, like when the car’s been out all night. Oh, see this?


This symbol means the tire has been specially designed for winter use. Winter tires, like these, help you maintain control of your car on snow or ice.

(Our FIELD REPORTER stands next to the car. He addresses the camera.)

Make sure that all four tires on your vehicle are the same—it improves handling and control. That means all the tires should be the same brand, and it also means not mixing and matching winter tires with summer tires. But no matter the season, always take care, be prepared, and stay safe.

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