Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

June 1st, 2016

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips! 
 
We know there’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires. 
 
Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you’re in a car that’s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That’s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going: 
 
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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

June 1st, 2016
We see it all the time…people tend to not think about their tires until something goes wrong. Sometimes, this can mean sitting on the side of the road waiting for help, and other times it can mean more serious consequences. Here are a few things to remember for tire safety as the summer winds down and back-to-school season starts.

Check your tire pressure regularly. This one is really important. Your car’s tires will lose air through the valve over time, and an underinflated tire will hurt fuel economy due to added rolling resistance. Low tires also affect handling and will generate enough heat that they can shorten the tire’s lifespan. Get a quality tire gauge (the dial type, not the pencil type) a ...[more]
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Self-Inflating Tires…Soon To Be A Reality?

June 1st, 2016

Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.

A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it’s estimated ...[more]

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Recommended Tire Tread Depth

June 1st, 2016

As residents of Northeast Ohio, we are no strangers to wet, icy, and snowy road conditions. Even with advances in tire technology, and routine visits to your local Tire Source to maintain and prolong the life of your tires and vehicle, not understanding the importance of proper tread depth on your tires can lead to challenging driving conditions. In fact, even tires that are at half the depth of when you first purchased them begin to increase your likelihood for challenging driving conditions.

What's the Big Deal About Tire Tread Depth?
 
When your tires are on a dry road surface, they can easily grip and stay connected to the road surface. With snowy or wet conditions, those treads are a vital component to how your tires maintain adequate contact with the road. Treads exist to improve contact with the road and to push rain, water, or snow throu ...[more]