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ON WINTER. 

Not all winter tires are created equal.

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WINTER TIRE BUYING GUIDE 

Choosing the right winter tire for your individual driving habits and specific vehicle requirements can't be easily ascertained through online reviews. Below is a general winter tire buying guide that helps you understand how our tire experts work with you to help you make the best choice for a winter tire this season.

All-Season vs. All-Weather


All-season tires are not designed for Canadian winters and they share none of the features found in a winter tire –siping, soft rubber compound, tall tread blocks and narrower tread width. The same all-season tires sold in Canada are also available in markets around the world, where winters are cold & rainy and NOT icy, snowy or slushy.
In Canada, all-season tires are only safe for 3 seasons -Spring, Summer and Fall.

All-Weather tires often feature the 3-peak mountain snowflake symbol on the sidewall, demonstrating the tires design is suitable for snow & ice conditions according to Transport Canada.

All-Weather tires feature an asymmetrical design pattern with special rubber compound that is suitable for use year-round. So no need to swap tires or wheels every season. All-Weather is a convenient and safe choice for Canadian’s but not always a replacement for a dedicated set of winter and summer tires. Expect worse fuel economy and more road noise in Spring, Summer and Fall months* and a ~40% shorter tread life.




Agressive & Directional Tread


The combination of aggressive & directional tread design provides the ultimate performance in harsh winter weather. Aggressive tread designs have plenty of siping with various angles, sizes and patterns. Siping is the small slits cut into the blocks of tread on the tire which function to increase the number of edges that ‘bite’ onto the road surface. Plenty of siping also requires an effective directional tread design to channel the snow, slush and water away from the tread so the siping can continue to contact the road surface. Directional tread also provides faster response, better stability and still work well even when worn.

On snow covered highways it is easy to spot a vehicle equipped with aggressive & directional tread winter tires. Just compare the volume of snow and height that is thrown away from the tires surface to other vehicles. All-season tires typically freeze over and throw no snow at all!

This type of winter tire is the most popular and often the most cost effective if you plan on owning your vehicle for the next 5 years. Recently, a revolution in winter tire technology called ‘3-D’ siping has drastically improved all the drawbacks of aggressive winter tires, namely longevity, stability and braking distances on dry pavement.




Asymmetrical vs. Symmetrical


Asymmetrical tread designs feature two distinct patterns for two different conditions. All-Weather tires use asymmetrical design patterns to provide grip both in snow/ice and hot dry pavement. High performance winter tires for your sports car use asymmetrical designs that maximize dry pavement grip in cold weather but still perform exceptional in ice/snow.





TREAD DESIGN. 

TIRE COMPOUND.

The tires rubber compound is the most important feature of a tire and influences its performance, longevity and how the tire ages. Tire technology has progressed dramatically over the last decade due to advancements in compound, namely the addition of polymers like silica. This has resulted in tires that are 20% more fuel efficient, last much longer all while improving wet and dry performance.

SIDE WALL & LOAD RATINGS.

Often overlooked, side wall design and load ratings are key considerations when choosing winter tires, especially for European cars and SUVs. The large diameter wheels coupled with low profile sidewalls leaves little shock absorption from the winter tires softer sidewall.

 

This can result in tire blow-outs when hitting potholes and damage to your vehicles wheels or suspension. It can also cause excessive tread squirm under acceleration, which can be dangerous in higher horsepower vehicles.

Depending on the winter tires sidewall design and the vehicles application, choosing an XL sidewall can often solve this issue for most tires. Some side wall designs however simply don’t work well in certain applications and unfortunately tire manufacturers refuse to warranty these claims (i.e. blowouts). Choose a tire shop with a lot of experience to help you make the right decision.

STEEL WHEELS: UNIVERSAL VS. DIRECT FIT (HUB-CENTRIC). 

Where to get dance shoes/clothes etc.


You can go to any dance store on the Gold Coast, however, we recommend Dance Desire or Tinkerbells. They know what out Kings students should be wearing and have a wide range. All KDA uniform products can be purchased on the shop KDA Merchandise page.




What should they wear to class?


King’s Dance Academy offers a “brand new” high-quality signature KDA Uniform. KDA Merchandise can be worn in most classes along with any black red or white dancewear/activewear. We also have a specific dresscode for our ballet students. *New students may wear any comftable clothing/footware to their trial lesson. Please visit the Classwear & Performance Attire page for individual class requirments.




Does my child have to do the performances?


Not at all, however, we do encourage it. It’s a similar concept to a sporting team which undergoes plenty of training so they can play a game. Dancers train to improve their skills, learn a routine and then eventually perform it. If you or your child doesn’t wish to or is unable to perform, please let us know. Your child will still be involved in the class 100% but will not need to attend rehearsals.




How should they wear their hair?


Hair needs to be off their face and tidy. For Ballet, it should be a high ballet bun.




How much are the classes?


Cost of class depends on the length of class and how many classes you child trains in a week. Please see 2020 Fees setion at the bottom of your respective campus info page: Reedy Creek Campus Pimpama Campus Logan Village Campus




My Child does dance class in the morning, do I need to pick her up after dance and take her to her school class room?


You are more than welcome to, however, the teacher will escort everyone in their class directly to their school class room.




Does my child have to attend rehearsals:


Yes. All of the rehearsals are very important for different reasons and we do not have a lot of rehearsals through out the year. These rehearsals help us with spacings on the stage, practicing in costumes, rehearsing routines with other groups, piecing together a show etc etc. When students are away, it can be confusing, especially for our younger ones.




I have a question, who do I contact?


If it’s about your account, please email accounts@kingsdanceacademy.com If it’s about costumes, attendance, class info, general enquiries etc, please email your campus admin reedycreek@kingsdanceacademy.com pimpama@kingsdanceacademy.com logan@ingsdanceacademy.com If you would like to speak to someone on the phone, send us an email with a time that suits you and we will give you a call.




My child is in prep and has class in the afternoon, do I need to pick them up after class and take them to the dance room?


You are more than welcome to, however, the teacher or assistant will pick up all the prep students and take them directly to the dance room.





Steel wheels cannot accept hub-centric rings which creates two types of steel wheels on the market.

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