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Why You Should Change Your Winter Tires

Would you wear flip-flops in the snow? Learn more about when to change your tires!

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, Repair Tips, Tires

Why You Should Change Your Winter Tires

 

The rubber and tread on winter tires are specially designed to be more flexible; making it easier to withstand cold temperatures as well as driving on ice and snow.

When the temperature starts to rise, the flexible rubber that adds traction in the winter will wear down significantly faster compared to all seasons or summer tires.

In addition to wear and tear, driving on warm, dry pavement with winter tires can decrease the drivers’ handling capabilities. Sharp turns aren’t so sharp, and you may notice a bit more noise while you drive.

Important Safety Tips

  • Driving on winter tires in summer increases the braking distance by at least 10% on dry pavement and 26% on wet pavement.
  • Going 70 km/h on wet pavement increases the braking distance by up to 42%.
  • Going 90 km/h on dry pavement increases the braking distance by up to 19.3%.

Winter Tires

When You Should Change Your Winter Tires

 

Even though the snow and ice may be gone, you should really be changing your tires based on the temperature rather than the winter elements.

The guidelines may vary between tire brands but, on average, the best time to change from winter to summer tires is when the temperature is consistently around 8°C (46°F).

To put this into perspective, treat your tires as footwear. You swap flip-flops for boots in the winter, so you should also swap your tires when the weather changes.

 

Visit our website for more information on how to change your tires at home!

Special Features at the Canadian International AutoShow

From EV test drives to luxury vehicles, the 2020 CIAS has some great features to look for this year

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, News, Tires

The 2020 Canadian International AutoShow is just around the corner and we have put together the important features for you!

 

1. A Celebration of Canada’s military history

There will be a military zone to celebrate the vehicles used by the Canadian Armed Forces in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

The General Manager of the AutoShow, Jason Campbell says,

“Our presentation of Second World War-era vehicles was very well received last year. These vehicles have been integral to the safety and success of our men and women in uniform. It is an honour to present this all-new impressive mechanized showcase for public viewing at the AutoShow.  We should all be grateful for the work done by the Ontario Regiment Museum for keeping these vehicles in working order and helping us remember all those that have sacrificed so much in the defence of our country.”

Some of the vehicles include:

  • Leopard C2 MBT (Main Battle Tank)
  • CDN Bombardier Iltis
  • CDN M113 Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC)
  • AVGP Grizzly (LAV)

2. Back by popular demand… Electric Vehicle Test Drives

With more than 18 vehicles, consumers will be able to discover and have all their EV questions answered!

You can register to drive an electric vehicle at the show or online here!

3. Throwback to the 80s and 90s

The Canadian International AutoShow is teaming up with Oblivion Car and Culture show to bring the newest group of classic cars to Toronto.

The centrepiece of the classic cars will be the DeLorean time machine, made famous from the 1985 blockbuster “Back to the Future”

4. Luxury Cars

The show will feature two luxury cars this year:

The Felino cB7– The Canadian-Made Supercar

La Voiture Noir – The world’s most exclusive Bugatti

“Toronto has quickly gained a reputation as a supercar mecca, and the Canadian International AutoShow is reflective of its host city by bringing some of the most unique and iconic hypercars from around the world to the Show,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow.

“The Bugatti La Voiture Noire is one of the highest profile entrants in this sector, and one of the most beautiful and powerful cars we have ever been able to showcase.”

4. Jack and Jill of All Tires

Visit Jack and Jill in the SOUTH building! We’re extremely excited to be participating in the 2020 CIAS and hope to see you all there. Stop by for exclusive deals on the Jack and Jill of All Tires and fun activities for the whole family!

AutoShow

Find Jack and Jill on level 600 in the South Building, right beside the stairs.

Location: Toronto Metropolitan Convention Centre 

Dates: February 14-23, 2020

Jack and Jill’s AutoShow Journey

A closer look at our AutoShow past.

By | Jack and Jill of All Tires, News, Tires

Why the AutoShow?

At first glance inventing sounds simple, but when you begin the process you’ll find that you are faced with a lot of questions: Has someone already thought of this? Will people use it? How will people find out about it?

Transforming your ideas into an actual product is an exciting process. However, once it’s complete, you’re now faced with the decision of how to introduce it into the market-place. 

With all the time and effort put into something you are passionate about, all you can hope for is that your project has a positive and successful response. And that is why we will forever be grateful for the opportunity to showcase the Jack and Jill of All Tires at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto. 

2018 CIAS

The Jack and Jill of All Tires makes its debut! Launching full force, our booth included a Fiat 500 to show our product in action and a raffle draw to win a Jack and Jill of All Tires! We also set up a life size photo prop of Jack and Jill as a fun and interactive way to enjoy the AutoShow.

AutoShow

Highlights

In an interview with Emily Atkins from the Toronto Star, she perfectly highlighted the Jack and Jill of All Tires and helped feature our goals in the article.

“Our intention is to really help people feel more comfortable with changing their own tires and to feel safe on the road. We feel that there’s no better way to launch than at this year’s CIAS” (Devan Tommasini). 

Auto Show

The recognition from the Toronto Star was huge for us. I mean, how cool is that?

We also had the opportunity to participate in the AutoShow Live panel discussions for new products which was a great experience as well. 

We couldn’t have asked for a better launch of the Jack and Jill of All Tires at the 2018 CIAS and we left the show with amazing feedback, new friends and excitement for 2019. 

2019 CIAS

This was our second year at the AutoShow and we couldn’t have been more excited. With such great feedback and interest from our previous year, we couldn’t wait to showcase the Jack and Jill of All Tires in a new location and upgraded booth. We said goodbye to the Fiat 500 and created a fender and wheel prop to give live demos of the Jack and Jill.

AutoShow

And of course, the Jack and Jill photo prop was a big hit AGAIN!

 

Highlights

Our favourite moments throughout the show were seeing familiar faces from our previous year. In addition, we had a chance to meet some of our online customers and received positive feedback and support. Engaging with new and familiar people was invaluable in our second year.

2020 Canadian International AutoShow 

 

Gearing up for round 3! We’re incredibly excited for the 2020 CIAS and hope to see you all there! Stop by for exclusive deals on the Jack and Jill of All Tires and fun activities for the whole family!

Find Jack and Jill on level 600 in the South Building, right beside the stairs. 

Location: Toronto Metropolitan Convention Centre 

Dates: February 14-23, 2020

snow and ice

Get Ready for the Snow and Ice

Here are some important winter driving and safety tips

By | News, Repair Tips, Safety

Before you venture out into the snow and ice this winter, be sure that you have winter tires to increase your safety on the road.

Purchase the Jack and Jill of All Tires to help you change your winter tires today!

 

Even though driving may feel like second nature, when the weather changes the road conditions, we must be extra cautious to ensure the safety of ourselves and others.

 

Here are some tips to help navigate through the snow and ice:

 

Drive Slowly

Slow and steady really wins the race! When there’s lots of snow and ice on the ground, driving in slower speeds will help your tires gain more traction and control while on the road.

Keep Your Distance

The more space you keep between you and the vehicle in front, the more time you have to stop or react to sudden action on the road.

Keep Moving

Don’t stop on snow or ice if you can avoid it. It’s difficult to regain inertia when your tires have stopped moving, so we suggest keeping a steady pace when making a turn or approaching a light (U.S. News & World Report).

How to prevent problems on the road

 

While driving cautiously can help you be safe on the road, there are other ways you can ensure safety throughout your vehicle and travels:

 

1. Plan your trip and check for weather and road conditions.

Check weather updates from your local news station OR use a weather app on your phone to get the latest conditions of where you are and where you’re going.

2. If you’re in an area that receives snow, consider winter tires.

Check out our previous blog post to learn about this seasons’ weather predictions across Canada and U.S.

3. Carry extra windshield fluid.

Winter aka ‘washer fluid season’ calls for lots of dirt, salt and debris on the road that will impact your visibility while driving. It’s always important to be topped up, but especially during the winter months. Keeping extra washer fluid in your car is a great way to stay safe on the road.

4. Pack an emergency kit.

You can’t plan for an accident – so it’s important to be prepared for when one happens. Keeping a compact emergency kit in your vehicle will get you through the more common dead batteries to more serious roadside incidences. The Get Jacked Safety Kit comes with the tools you need to get yourself out of trouble and items to keep you comfortable until help arrives.

 

snow and ice

 

“Prevention is better than recovery.” 

 

Be sure to check your battery, ignition system, lights, brakes, tire pressure, windshield wipers, heating and cooling systems!

 

Safe travels this winter.

 

 

 

Winter Accessories

5 Game-Changing Winter Driving Accessories

Here is a list of 5 game-changing winter accessories you didn't know you needed.

By | Accessories, Repair Tips, Safety, Tires

Aside from the obvious jumper cables, first aid kit, washer fluid, snow brush and ice scraper, there are a few more essentials that every motorist should have in their car during winter.

Here are Jack and Jill’s top 5 winter accessories from Amazon:

 

1. Windshield Snow Cover

Not only does this cover keep the snow off your windshield, it also saves you from scraping the frost and ice. This accessory will ultimately save you time in the morning for an easier and faster getaway!

2. De-Icer

So your windshield is winter-proofed but your door is iced shut…now what?

A can of de-icer can go a long way. Without damaging your cars’ paint, a quick spray will have the frost and ice instantly melted, giving your arms a well deserved break from scraping.

 

Now that you’ve made your way into your car, there’s a few more accessories to keep you warm and safe.

 

3. Regular or Electrical Blanket

Electrical or not, a blanket is a great piece to have on hand for any drive.

4. Unscented Candle

There’s nothing worse than your car suddenly shutting down on the side of the road while it’s below zero. Lighting a large unscented candle will warm up your vehicles’ cabin area long enough to keep you comfortable until help arrives.

You’re stuck, now what?

 

5. Cat Litter

Not an obvious winter accessory but when you’re stuck in snow or on ice, sprinkle some under your tires. Cat litter will help you gain traction so you can get back on the road.

 

Consider using these accessories to keep yourself prepared and safe this winter!

 

Salt

Protect Your Vehicle from Road Salt this Winter

3 ways to help protect your car from salt, snow, dirt and debris.

By | Car Cleaning, News, Repair Tips, Safety

Although we may love the idea of a beautiful White Christmas, your car sure doesn’t. If you’re driving on the road often, your vehicle may pick up lots of dirt, salt, rocks and other debris hidden in the snow.

 

Here are 3 ways to keep the exterior and interior of your car clean this winter:

 

1. Paint Protector

Winter weather conditions take a toll on the exterior of your car. Just like when you wear gloves, a hat, and coats to endure the snow and cold, your car also deserves some added protection.

Your vehicle’s paint protects the metal from outside elements like ice, salt and debris. Using paint protector will keep the paint in shape and ensure your vehicle is not exposed to corrosive properties (washmenow.ca).

Now is the perfect time to add a layer of protection to your car before the snow and salt start hitting the road. You can either purchase a paint protector and apply it yourself or take your car to a detail shop.

Salt

3. A Car Wash Goes a Long Way

One element of winter driving that causes the most exterior damage to your vehicle is road salt. Salt on the road does have benefits for safer driving, however it can cause some damage to your exterior over time.

In-N-Out-Car-Wash explains that “Salt can get into all the cracks and crevasses of your car, waiting for the spring when the weather warms up and it actively starts to produce rust and corrosion.”

Washing your car throughout the winter season is a great way to keep the bottom and sides of your car clean and prevent rust or deterioration.

There are a few options to choose from when washing your car this winter:

  1. A single wash at your local gas station, estimated between $7.99-$14.99 CAD depending on the service
  2. Specialty car wash shops such as In-N-Out-Car-Wash
  3. Season passes offered at local gas stations

 

Salt

3. Don’t Forget to Look Down

Salt, snow, mud and dirt not only make a mess of your exterior but also collect inside. When getting into a vehicle, most of us are focused on getting away from the cold that we don’t pay attention to the mess we bring in.

If you haven’t done so already, look into purchasing rubber floor mats for your car. Even though most cars have a rubber base, a mat will make cleaning out dirt and salt much easier and allow you to keep it clean more often.

Tip: To clean the mats themselves, use a rim and tire cleaner to get rid of the stains the salt leaves behind.

Salt

 

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winter tires

Winter vs. All-Season Tires: What works best?

Get the right tires for the right conditions.

By | News, Safety, Tires

The winter season is quickly approaching and it’s time to start thinking about changing your tires!

 

When it comes to the winter season, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving. The weather conditions and cold temperatures have a drastic effect on the function of your regular car tires. So, it’s important to consider changing to winter tires once the temperature starts to drop even if you don’t see the snow!

Why are winter tires so important?

 

Many parts of Canada and the United States experience extreme winter conditions that make driving very difficult and hazardous. Although all-season tires can somewhat navigate through snow and ice, they may not fully perform well in extreme cases; making winter tires a necessity on the road.

Studies show that at 7° C (44° F), the rubber on all-season tires will stiffen up and begin to have less traction on the road.

 

Enoch Omololu states that “the main difference between winter and all-season tires is in the rubber compound used to make them. Winter tires are made of softer rubber that remains flexible when temperatures drop and maintain a grip on the road. In addition, winter tires have deeper threads that allow for a bigger bite and traction on snow and ice.”

Where are winter tires mandatory?

 

In Canada there are only two provinces that have legal regulations for winter tires:

British Columbia

  • Many roads in BC require winter OR all-season tires between October 1st and March 31st
  • Some places outside of the Greater Vancouver and Victoria regions (mountainous regions) require tire chains/studded tires
  • A failure to follow these requirements will result in a fine of $109

Quebec

  • The previous mandatory date for changing to winter tires was December 15th but has been moved up to December 1st through to March 15th as of 2019, in efforts to increase road safety and encourage other parts of Canada to follow by example
  • This includes every type of motorized vehicle
  • Failure to comply with this regulation may result in a fine between $200-$300

United States

Throughout the United States there are no regulations that legally require you to have winter tires. However, it’s recommended that people driving within the Snow Belt, an area subject to low temperatures and heavy snowfalls, should consider changing to winter tires.

 

 

How can the Jack and Jill of All Tires help?

 

Of course it’s simple to make an appointment at your local mechanic to get your winter tires changed. But why go through the inconvenience of taking time off work and waiting around because of the inevitable delays, just to do it all again in 5 months time? With the Jack and Jill of All Tires you can change your tires on your own schedule.

The average cost of a tire change is $60 CAD, and that’s just for one car for one season! The minimum cost of having your tires changed for you would be around $120 CAD, and at a retail price of $220 CAD, the Jack and Jill of All Tires will pay for itself within two years. Now imagine the time and money you’ll save if you have more than one car to maintain!

  • Having a mechanic change your tires could take hours.
  • Changing them on your own could take 40 minutes.
  • And ordering a Jack and Jill will only take 5

 

Order your Jack and Jill of All Tires today and change your tires by the weekend.

 

The Old Farmer's Almanac

The Old Farmer’s Almanac Winter Predictions

Want to know know more about the upcoming winter season? Find out more with some winter weather predictions.

By | News, Safety

The Old Farmer’s Almanac and how it can help you:

 

In preparation for the winter season, it’s important to do some research about what the upcoming weather predictions will be. The Old Farmer’s Almanac; more specifically the long range forecast is the perfect source! The forecast accuracy is about 80 % due to the gathering and study of overall weather patterns. 

The long range forecast can predict weather patterns and temperatures for up to two months, so it’s a perfect source to consider when thinking about changing your tires. 

The Farmer’s Almanac bases its forecasts on three scientific disciplines:

  • solar science (the study of sunspots and other solar activity)
  • climatology (the study of prevailing weather patterns)
  • meteorology (the study of the atmosphere)

In making accurate predictions, the information is gathered amongst different regions throughout the United States and Canadian Provinces.

Canadian winters really portray the perfect ‘white Christmas’, however, if you live in Ontario you may experience a harsher winter than the other provinces with temperatures and snowfall expected to be greater than normal.

 

Atlantic Canada

  • Includes: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and part of Québec.
  • Winter temperatures will be normal with the coldest period beginning mid-December to early March. Precipitation will be below normal in the north but above normal in the south. The snowfall will be above average beginning mid November to early February.  

Southern Quebec

  • Winter temperatures will be normal with the coldest periods in early December to late February. The snowfall will be generally below normal but the snowiest period will be from late November to late March.

Southern Ontario

  • Winter temperatures, precipitation and snowfall will be above average. The coldest period will be from mid-November to early March while the snowiest period will be from early December to early March.

The Prairies 

  • Includes: Southern Alberta, Southern Manitoba and Southern Saskatchewan.
  • Temperatures will be higher than normal with above normal precipitation. It will be the coldest beginning in early January through early March. The snowfall will be below average in the west but above average everywhere else with the snow beginning mid-November to early April

Southern British Columbia

  • Winter will be colder with above normal precipitation and below normal snowfall. The coldest and snowiest period being from mid-December to mid-February. 

Northwest Territories and Yukon 

  • Winter temperatures, precipitation and snowfall will be above normal.
  • For the Northwest Territories, the coldest period will be from early January to mid-February while the snowiest period will be from mid-November to late December.
  • While in Yukon the coldest period will be from late November to early March and the snowiest period from mid-November until early February.
The winter season throughout the United States varies depending on what region you live in. Those who live further north, specifically in the snowbelt, will experience different ranges of temperatures and snowfall this year.
Keep reading to learn more about your location.

 

 

1.Northeast Region 

  • Includes (parts of): Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Vermont.
  • The winter will be milder than normal with above normal precipitation and normal snowfall. The coldest periods will be throughout January and the snowiest periods will be from mid-November to early January

2. Atlantic Corridor 

  • Includes (parts of): Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia. 
  • The winter temperatures will be above average with the coldest period being between mid-January to late February. Precipitation will be above normal while the snowfall will be a little below average. The snowiest period will be throughout February.  

6. Lower lakes region 

  • Includes (parts of): Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, NY, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 
  • Winter will be normal with above average precipitation. The coldest periods will be from early December to mid-January. The snowfall will be above normal, specifically in Ohio, and the snowiest period will be from early January to late March. 

9. Upper Midwest

  • Includes (parts of): Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota.
  • The winter temperatures will be above normal with the coldest and snowiest periods taking place from early January to late March.

 

If you live in any of these regions and are expecting snow beginning early November, consider changing your tires with the Jack and Jill of All Tires to be prepared for this upcoming winter!

 

For further information about daily, monthly and yearly weather predictions in your region, you can head over to the Almanac website and discover more about general weather and temperature patterns.

 

5 Driving Habits You Should Break

Texting? Eating? Loud music? Learn how some of these habits are dangerous on the road!

By | Repair Tips, Safety

For most people driving has become second nature. Doing an activity so seamlessly every day can cause us to pick up some bad habits that could potentially put us in danger on the road!

 

1. Using your cellphone

We know by now that texting or talking on the phone is the most dangerous habit to have while driving. Our attention is focused on our device and not on the road, and is a major cause of distraction and accidents. Different provinces and states have their own legal ways of controlling the use of devices while driving.

For the safety of yourself and others on the road, be sure to put your phone away or pull over to send a text or take an important phone call.

2. Eating while driving

With all of these quick drive-thru options, it’s hard to resist grabbing your morning coffee with a quick breakfast, or getting an easy lunch on the go. However, eating while driving is a habit that is just as dangerous as being on the phone.

Your mind is attempting to focus on the road while also eating, drinking and trying not to make a mess. It’s best as the driver to finish your food before heading back on the road or wait until you reach your destination. 

 

bad habits: eating while driving

3. Entertaining your passengers

Your vehicle is an easy place to socialise with your family or friends. Whether it’s engaging in conversation, playing a movie for those in the back or trying to talk with everyone; it can all be too distracting.

Again your mind is focusing on the people, the conversations and the other things around you. Your attention may draw towards what’s happening inside the car rather than outside of it.

As a driver, you hold a responsibility to keep your passengers safe, so attempting to entertain them while also focusing on the road is a bad habit

4. Pets

Who wouldn’t want their best friend riding shot-gun? Having your pet beside you may seem like a good idea, however trying to drive while also taking care of your pet that needs attention is dangerous for not only you but the dog as well.  A dog on your lap limits your ability to manoeuvre the car, especially during a collision. Even in the passenger’s seat, your dog could be severely injured by an airbag. 

 

Results from a AAA NEWSROOM SURVEY included this statistic:

An unrestrained 10-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph (48 Kph) will exert roughly 300 pounds of pressure, while an unrestrained 80-pound dog in a crash at only 30 mph will exert approximately 2,400 pounds of pressure.

 

The safest place to keep your dog is in the backseat secured by a seatbelt seatbelt or in a crate!

 

5. Loud music 

Of course we all love to belt out to our favourite tunes! And if you don’t turn into a professional karaoke singer when you drive, are you even driving? But this little habit can have you singing and dancing in your seat and cause you to lose focus on the road.

We aren’t saying to never play your music, but make sure to keep the volume at a level where you can pay attention to the road and your surroundings; more importantly so you can hear other drivers and first responders. 

Bad Habits

Make your drive safer for you and your passengers by breaking these 5 habits!

 

Want to learn more about safety tips on the road? Check out our other blog posts here for more information about tire safety and travel tips!

 

Travel Tips for Back to School

Worried about getting a flat tire on the road? Here are some tips to get you or your child to school safely!

By | News, Repair Tips

When getting ready to drive on the highway, it’s important to be prepared for the long journey. Flat tires happen often on these types of trips and there are simple ways to prevent or limit this hazard.

 

What Can Cause a Flat Tire:

Tire Pressure

  • Over or under-inflated tires can cause lots of damage to your vehicle. So, before heading on the road it’s very important to check your tire pressure. The recommended PSI for your vehicle’s tires is located on the panel on the inside of the driver’s side door.

However, a common mistake that is often overlooked is the effect that extra weight has on your tires.

  • When you are moving back to school, be cautious when overloading your vehicle with excess weight your tires are not used to carrying. If too much weight is sitting on a tire, it can cause a blowout (same effect as sitting on a balloon). So be sure to compensate for the extra weight and distribute an even pressure amongst all four tires.

Poor Road Maintenance/Construction Zones

  • Flat tires and highway construction zones go hand in hand. Many major highways have areas that are under construction for either maintenance, extensions or upgrades.
  • When driving through these areas, be sure to slow down and look ahead for signs of construction debris such as nails and glass and also try to avoid unmaintained pot holes or rough paving spots. It is important to note that “if the hit is hard enough, it can damage the tire, either on the outside where one can see it or on the inside where the damage is hidden” (Wheels.ca). Concluding that the damage could be instant or the wear and tear on your tires could result over a few months.

It’s a Blowout! Common Causes of Flat Tires

Hot Weather

High temperatures cause the air in your tires to expand, increasing the tire’s overall internal pressure and the chances that you’ll spring a leak or blowout altogether. During warm weather, be sure to monitor your tire pressure regularly and do what you can to avoid overinflation.

How to prepare for your trip

  • Plan your route and consider alternative ways in case of road closures
  • Follow your local news outlets for updates on highway traffic and accidents
  • Check your vehicle and tires before and during your trip

How we can help

 

We carry two products that were created for the safety of our daughters who also endured these long road trips to and from school throughout the years. Click the link to check out Our Story.

The Jack and Jill of All Tires

Essential for long drives, The Jack and Jill of All Tires is a simple and compact tool that can be stored in the trunk of your car – making changing your tires on the road safe and easy!

Our website also includes a detailed step-by-step process so you can learn to change your tires wherever you are.

Get Jacked Safety Tool Kit

Our Get Jacked safety kit is a must have no matter your destination, so you’ll always prepared in case of an emergency.

Safety Kit includes:
Bag
Compact Snow Shovel
Candles & Matches
Hand Warmers
Emergency Blanket
‘Call Police’ Banner
Flashlight – Batteries
Booster Cables
Emergency Tow Rope
Whistle

Contents of safety kit

 

It’s important to be aware of how to maintain your tires and prevent damage as much as possible.

 

Safe travels!

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