Online safe driving tips stress importance of preparation and education
LAVAL, QC, May 2, 2013 /CNW/ - With summer just around the corner,
Canadian families will soon take to the open road. Now is a good time
for summer road-trippers to brush up on the important tips that can
contribute to safe driving as they explore the great Canadian outdoors
or enjoy an urban adventure.
Michelin Canada encourages drivers to minimize the risk of on-road
emergencies simply by preparing ahead of time, conducting proper safety
checks and adhering to safe driving tips.
Check Your Tires: After all, your tires are the only part of your car that touches the
Check your tires for wear - Using the 'Penny Test,' put the edge of the
coin into the tread with the Queen going in head first. If the top of
the Queen's head is covered by tread, that's good. If the top of her
head is entirely visible, it's time to replace the tire.
Check the air pressure - Tires have been known to lose up to 1 psi
(pounds per square inch) of pressure every month. Use a proper pressure
guage to check pressure when tires are 'cold' (before driving or three
hours after driving). Make sure your tires are inflated to the psi on
the sticker inside the driver's door of your car. DO NOT compare to the
psi on your tire's sidewall.
Don't mix tires - If you're replacing only two new tires instead of
four, be sure they are the same size and type as the current ones.
Always install the new tires on the rear axle of your vehicle, which
will reduce the risk of fishtailing and loss of stability in wet
Wet Driving: Wet road conditions present dangers of less grip and longer stopping
Slow down. Slowing down dramatically decreases the risk of accidents in
Always drive with two hands on the steering wheel
Slow down before turning and maintain a consistent speed throughout the
While turning, don't make sudden steering wheel movements.
Only brake in a straight line before the turn and do so gradually. Do
not brake during the turn.
Increase your following distance from other cars to allow for more
If hydroplaning, do not accelerate or brake suddenly. Keep your foot
lightly on the gas and steer the car forward until your tires regain
Blowouts: This can be one of the most frightening moments on the road.
As prevention, always drive with both hands on the wheel.
If you have a tire blowout, don't panic. The loud noise will startle
you, but follow these rules, and you'll quickly and safely regain
control. First, keep your foot on the gas, grip the wheel firmly and
stay in your lane, then, slow down gradually and carefully steer toward
the shoulder of the road.
''Safety is our guiding principle at Michelin, and we are fully
committed to helping drivers be as safe on the road as possible," says
Adam Murphy, Marketing Director, Michelin Canada, "From offering
Canadian families the best standard passenger car tire we have ever
made -- the Michelin Defender -- to a comprehensive list of safety tips
on our website, we're doing all we can to help Canadians have a safe
For more tips on safe driving, visit http://www.michelin.ca/tires-101/driving-and-safety-tips/driving-tips.page
Make driving safety a priority this summer …
Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs,
manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including
airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment,
heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The company also publishes travel
guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases.
Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America
(www.michelinman.com) employs more than 22,200 people and operates 18
major manufacturing plants in 16 locations.
About MICHELIN® Defender™
MICHELIN® Defender™ offers a 145,000 kilometer warranty3. It stops up to nine meters shorter than a leading competitor1, equating to approximately two car lengths. Michelin's proprietary
MaxTouchConstruction™ technology enables the tire to wear evenly and
last up to 33,000 kilometers longer than a leading competitor2. The MICHELIN® Defender™, marked with MICHELIN's GREEN X® designation,
provides greater fuel-efficiency and potential savings of up to $336 in
fuel @ $1.25/liter over the life of the tires4.
Visit the Michelin Tire Selector on www.michelin.ca to find the right tire for you.
About the Michelin Promise Plan
North American consumers who purchase a set of four MICHELIN® tires will
automatically receive the Michelin Promise Plan™, the first offer of
its kind in the tire industry. The Michelin Promise Plan offers a free
30-day satisfaction guarantee and three-year, flat-tire changing
assistance. In addition, all standard Michelin passenger and
light-truck tires (replacement and original equipment) are covered by a
limited warranty for treadwear.
Based on internal wet braking test results versus Goodyear® Assurance®
ComforTred® Touring tires size 185/65R15.
Based on commissioned third party wear test results versus Continental®
Pro Contact™ ECO Plus Technology tire size 215/60R16.
145,000-kilometer warranty for T-rated tires; See michelinman.com for details.
Based on fuel efficiency estimates from rolling resistance testing
versus the Yokohama® Avid® TRZ 215/60R16 over the warranted
145,000-kilometer treadlife of the MICHELIN® Defender™ tire. Actual
on-road savings may vary.
SOURCE: Michelin Canada
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