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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


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

From braking on ice to cornering on slush, Canadian drivers need tires to perform. To make sure they do, we subjected them to a range of rigorous tests.