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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE 14 Be prepared is good advise Check of tires is important for winter With winter approaching mo- torisls should check their tires and make sure their ears are prepared for the season's snow and icy conditions. Snow tires on the rear wheels with plenty of tread or added studs give the best assurance of safety and improved ear per- formance in cold regions of the country. For motorists in warmer climates, new tires with good tread should be suf- ficient. Maintaining air pressure as recommended in the owner's manual remains vitally impor- tant everywhere. Also, it is im- portant to remember that balding tires of any type in- crease the chances of skidding When you look at all the facts Ski-Doo '72 has more going for you! 15 h.p, and a 15" wide track BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3221 OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY TILL 9 p.m. and cause a lack of steering and braking effectiveness. Ross H. Ormsby, Chairman of tile Tire Industry Safety Council, advises that a inch or less tread depth in a tire is a sound guideline in the interest of safety for re- moving the lire from use. New tires will aid motorists in winter weather because of their sufficient tread depth. However, for best results mo- torists should consider getting snow or "studded" tires. Tires equipped with studs give the best assurance of traction on ice and hardpacked snow. National Safety Council test results indicate that when glare ice conditions are pres- ent at 25 degrees F. snow tires provide 28 per cent better starting traction than regular tires. Studded tires that have had miles of bare pave- ment use demonstrated a 183 per cent improvement in start- ing traction while new studded tires showed 218 per cent im- provement. Tire industry testing also in- dicated that cars equipped with studded tires on all four wheels show braking distance im- provements by 50 per cent or more. TIx) Council warns that studs should only be installed in tires whose tread surface is "pin- ned" for studding. The studs should be installed only by a qualified tire dealer or at a ser- vice station. The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends a tire have no more than 150 studs. Many foreign tires have up to 200 stud holes, but over- studding a tire can adversely influence its potential purpose for normal highway use. Studs should be installed only when the tires are new. Older tires acquire dirt and foreign matter in the tread and stud holes, causing new studs to be improperly seated. Also as tires wear, the depth of the stud hole becomes less and newly added studs would have too great a protusion. No stud Moore's Esso Service Cor. 3rd Ave. and Mayor Magrath Drive OPEN 24 HOURS A DAY YOUR ONE STOP SERVICE CENTRE Imperial Oil Product! Stereo Tapes 1 Ammunition 1 Atlas Producti 1 Bar-B-Q Supplies WE ARE NOW AGENTS FOR HERTZ RENT-A-CAR DON'T FORGET WE HAVE HUNTING LICENCE AMMUNITION PROPANE BOTTLES FILLED MOORE'S ESSO SERVICE Corner 3rd Avenue and Mayor Magralh Drive Phone 327-1046 from 8 a.m. to licensed Mechanic 5 P On Duty Monday thru Friday. should extend more than 2-32 of an inch from the tread. Far these reasons missing studs should not be replaced and tires should not be re- studded after the original studs wear out. It is equally important that studded tires are put on the same wheel each winter. When removed, they should be mark- ed for wheel position and di- rection of rotation. If placed on a different wheel position the following winter the studs will develop abnormal wear pat- terns which can lessen the tire's ability to retain the stud in its tread surface. Replacement studded tires on rear wheels should also be of the same size and construc- tion as the conventional tire found on the front. Should all four wheels have studded tires they should all be of the same size and construction. Many states and provinces restrict the months in which studded tires may be generally they designated a specific date in October or No- vember and run through ;he winter months until April or May. He also cautioned against un- derinf lalion. R e d u c ing the amount of pressure in a tire does not give it better traction as many motorists suspect, but actually gives less traction. Motorists were urged to. main- tain the air pressure recom- mended by the owner's manual and to observe the maximum air pressure and load limits noted on the tire's sidcwall. The Council cautions that these are maximum figures on the sidewall not recommended pressure or load ratings. MATTS ECONO WE HAVE ALL YOUR CAR NEEDS B.F. GOODRICH TIRES ANTI-FREEZE 2.29 gal. GENERAL REPAIRS BATTERIES TUNE-UPS 742 13th ST. N. 327-4255 DUDLEY'S CUSTOM SHOP 311 llth STREET SOUTH WE SPECIALIZE IN WHEEL ALIGNMENT AND BALANCING OUR EXPERT STAFF WILL TURN YOUR DENTED CAR INTO A THING OF BEAUTY We Also Service and repair all makes of Snowmobiles. Phone 327-0237 EXCELLENT SERVICE AND DISCOUNTS SEE GROVER'S SALES LTD. The First and Only Locally-Owned Discounter In Town FOR YOUR GAS AND OIL NEEDS LICENSED MECHANIC ON DUTY EAST OF GREEN ACRES DRIVE-IN ON THE COUTTS HIGHWAY Phone 328-5921 ;