About The Tests

Over 500 tire tests to ensure you get the perfect tire for your vehicle.

Real-life Driving Situations

Tires must perform in real-life situations. You deserve the confidence that the tires you buy can match the driving situations you encounter on a regular basis.

So, that's how all tests in Kal's Tire Testing were designed - only test real-life Canadian driving situations that could easily be encountered. From cornering on icy or dry pavement to understanding how your tires perform on slushy roads, we have the tests to help you find the right tire for your needs.

Braking

In the braking distance test, a vehicle approached a marked line at a consistent speed and braking distance was measured in metres.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
We varied our approach speeds by driving surface and by season for two reasons. First, this represents how most Canadians would normally drive on that surface in each season. Second, testing in both seasons provides an indication of how a tire's performance will be affected by road temperature.

Test Condition Summer (km/h) Winter (km/h)
Dry 100 90
Wet 100 70
Gravel 50 N/A
Snow N/A 50
Ice N/A 30

Braking

In the braking distance test, a vehicle approached a marked line at a consistent speed and braking distance was measured in metres.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
We varied our approach speeds by driving surface and by season for two reasons. First, this represents how most Canadians would normally drive on that surface in each season. Second, testing in both seasons provides an indication of how a tire's performance will be affected by road temperature.

Test Condition Summer (km/h) Winter (km/h)
Dry 100 90
Wet 100 70
Gravel 50 N/A
Snow N/A 50
Ice N/A 30

Cornering

The cornering test demonstrates the lateral traction capabilities of the tire over a range of surfaces from dry to icy pavement, in both summer and winter. To test cornering performance, a vehicle was driven in a radius circle and speed was slowly and progressively increased until the tire could no longer hold the corner and would lose traction.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
To understand how road surface temperatures affect the cornering performance of a tire, our cornering tests are completed in both summer conditions (dry and wet pavement, and gravel roads) and winter conditions (dry, wet and icy pavement). Please note that slush is also tested but completed in a specific slush cornering test.

Cornering

The cornering test demonstrates the lateral traction capabilities of the tire over a range of surfaces from dry to icy pavement, in both summer and winter. To test cornering performance, a vehicle was driven in a radius circle and speed was slowly and progressively increased until the tire could no longer hold the corner and would lose traction.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
To understand how road surface temperatures affect the cornering performance of a tire, our cornering tests are completed in both summer conditions (dry and wet pavement, and gravel roads) and winter conditions (dry, wet and icy pavement). Please note that slush is also tested but completed in a specific slush cornering test.

Road Noise

The road noise of a tire was measured with a decibel meter on a marked stretch of road at a set speed. Using a decibel meter, the peak decibel level was recorded for each tire.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
As road temperatures increase or decrease, road noise generally increases and decreases as well. To understand these potential changes, we test road noise in both summer and winter.

Road Noise

The road noise of a tire was measured with a decibel meter on a marked stretch of road at a set speed. Using a decibel meter, the peak decibel level was recorded for each tire.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
As road temperatures increase or decrease, road noise generally increases and decreases as well. To understand these potential changes, we test road noise in both summer and winter.

Hydroplane Resistance

Hydroplane resistance was measured with repeated runs through a puddle that was maintained at a 4 cm depth. Starting at 80 km per hour, the speed of the vehicle was increased in 5 km per hour increments over repeated runs until the point where the tires lost traction or the vehicle reached 100 km per hour.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
How a tire resists hydroplaning can be significantly influenced by the temperature of the standing water and the road surface. Consistent with our goal of testing tires in the most common Canadian driving conditions, we also test hydroplane resistance in both summer and winter.

Hydroplane Resistance

Hydroplane resistance was measured with repeated runs through a puddle that was maintained at a 4 cm depth. Starting at 80 km per hour, the speed of the vehicle was increased in 5 km per hour increments over repeated runs until the point where the tires lost traction or the vehicle reached 100 km per hour.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
How a tire resists hydroplaning can be significantly influenced by the temperature of the standing water and the road surface. Consistent with our goal of testing tires in the most common Canadian driving conditions, we also test hydroplane resistance in both summer and winter.

Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance was measured by driving the vehicle at a consistent speed of 80 km per hour over a marked 10 km stretch of road. The average kilometres per 100 litres was then measured.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
To understand how road temperature impacts a tire's performance in rolling resistance, we test in both summer and winter.

Rolling Resistance

Rolling resistance was measured by driving the vehicle at a consistent speed of 80 km per hour over a marked 10 km stretch of road. The average kilometres per 100 litres was then measured.

Summer Testing vs. Winter Testing
To understand how road temperature impacts a tire's performance in rolling resistance, we test in both summer and winter.

Mud Acceleration

Mud acceleration was measured with trucks accelerating from a standing start in a pit of mud to a marked finish line. The time to cover the 6 metre distance was captured for each tire.

Mud Acceleration

Mud acceleration was measured with trucks accelerating from a standing start in a pit of mud to a marked finish line. The time to cover the 6 metre distance was captured for each tire.

Slush Straight Line

Straight line stability on slush was measured by accelerating the vehicle through a large patch of loose slush and snow until traction loss occurred.

Slush Straight Line

Straight line stability on slush was measured by accelerating the vehicle through a large patch of loose slush and snow until traction loss occurred.

Slush Cornering

Slush cornering was tested with a corner set up with 5-7 cm of slush consistent throughout. Slush was raked in between vehicle tests to keep conditions consistent. The vehicle was driven around the corner until traction loss was observed.

Slush Cornering

Slush cornering was tested with a corner set up with 5-7 cm of slush consistent throughout. Slush was raked in between vehicle tests to keep conditions consistent. The vehicle was driven around the corner until traction loss was observed.

real-life driving Conditions

Kal Tire hired an independent tire testing group to find real-life driving conditions that Canadians face year-round. No hockey arenas or professional test tracks were used for testing the tires. We wanted the tires tested in Canada, in conditions we knew you would be driving in.

Hot Highways

Weather Conditions:

Warm and dry late spring day.

Conditions:

Dry, hot pavement with cracks in tar and undulations served as normal Canadian summer highways.

Test Performed:

Wet and Dry Braking; Wet and Dry Cornering

Seasons Tested in:

Summer

Highway Puddles

Weather Conditions:

Weather conditions were mainly sunny with some overcast cloud cover throughout the day.

Conditions:

Wet conditions, along with the help of a water truck, created the kind of highway puddles and hydroplane conditions drivers face when they hit road ruts on a cold and rainy day.

Test Performed:

Hydroplane Resistance, Wet Braking, Wet Cornering/p>

Seasons Tested in:

Winter, Summer

Rough Winter Highway

Weather Conditions:

Weather conditions were mainly sunny with some overcast cloud cover throughout the day.

Conditions:

Dry, cold pavement, with cracks in the tar and undulations as well as uphill and downhill stretches. An airport runway simulated a rough highway surface ideal for testing dry braking conditions in the cold.

Test Performed:

Dry Braking and Cornering

Seasons Tested in:

Winter

Slick Intersections and Black Ice

Weather Conditions:

Winter testing was conducted in early morning and evening to avoid the influence of sun on the frozen lakes.

Conditions:

Slippery compact snow on a frozen lake mimicked icy road conditions. Pure ice on a second frozen lake mimicked slick icy intersections and patches of black ice.

Test Performed:

Ice Braking and Cornering

Seasons Tested in:

Winter

Slushy Commute

Weather Conditions:

Low morning cloud and early morning frost turned into a bright, cold and sunny day.

Conditions:

Frigid temperatures as well as ice, fog and just enough humidity on uneven pavement, with sections both bare and slushy, created the perfect opportunity to conduct a variety of tests.

Test Performed:

Slush Straight Line Stability, Slush Cornering

Seasons Tested in:

Winter

Gravelly Side Roads

Weather Conditions:

Warm and dry late spring day.

Conditions:

Worn and dry gravel road.

Test Performed:

Gravel Braking; Gravel Cornering

Seasons Tested in:

Summer

Muddy Roads & Trails

Weather Conditions:

Warm and dry late spring day.

Conditions:

Mud pit section with water added between tests to maintain consistent conditions.

Test Performed:

Mud Acceleration

Seasons Tested in:

Summer

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