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]
The tire category of “All-Season Tires” can be a misleading term and this category gets the most questions out of any tire available. Basically, when you are purchasing All-Season tires, you are getting a very sturdy tire that will work well through various weather conditions as well as varying temperatures or climates. The types of tires that fall under the ‘All-Season’ tire category contain different types of tread compounds, designs, and mileage ratings, and there are some big differences between All-Season Tires, Regular, or ‘summer’ tires (sometimes also referred to as ‘three-season tires’), and Winter Tires.
One of the main differences is t ...[more]
Fall is in the air, and that can mean only one thing: it’s back to school time! As you run through your back to school checklist- pencils, notebooks, binders, books, and tires- yes, you read that correctly: TIRES. Why add new tires to your back to school checklist? Because now is the BEST time to get new tires for you or your student’s vehicle. Whether you are carpooling your students around, want something dependable for your extra-curricular high school smarty, or need that reliable vehicle for your independent college bound kid- making sure you get the best start to a new school year means starting with replacing your old tires.
Safety counts! By swapping out ol ...[more]
A good quality set of tires should be an investment that will last you up to five years with regular use. In order to make the most of the life of your tires, there are simple maintenance steps you can take, as well as precautions to ensure they last as long as possible.
Inspect your tires. Frequent visual checks of your tires can be the first step in preventing premature wear or damage that can become irreparable. Look for debris, signs of uneven wear, bulges, dips, bumps, or ‘feathering’ of the tire rubber.
Tire Pressure. Proper tire pressure will keep ...[more]
There are just as many ways to buy tires, as there are reasons to invest in a new set. Buying new tires does not have to be a financial burden; there are many tricks to finding great deals on tires, as well as knowing when to shop for the best prices, especially if it is possible to plan ahead. Many consumers wait too long to buy tires, which can actually be counter-productive. Often, you may only need one or two new tires, but always make sure to buy the same tires as are already on the vehicle, so that they will be compatible with the remaining tires. However, it is worth noting that there may be rebates, manufacturer discounts, and other benefits to buying four new tires at once, and many mechanics will recommend replacing all four tires at once for the best ...[more]
Tires talk. What do they say about your tire savvy?
You can learn a lot about a persons knowledge of safe driving habits just by looking at his or her car tires. When you get behind the wheel in any season, are you confident that your tires can handle the weather and road conditions?
Scenario #1: You have all-season radials on your car in January.
Your tires say you like to live dangerously.
To be safe on the roads in winter, you should be prepared for the worst weather possible. In Northeast Ohio, that ranges from freezing rain, sleet and ice to inches (and sometimes even a foot or more) of snow. Although all-season radials may give you good performance under many conditions, they will not give you the grip, braking and handling you need for winter. Purchase a set of four identical snow tires imprinted with the mountain snowflake ...[more]
A little tire care goes a long way...
Americans spend millions of dollars each year purchasing tires. Unfortunately, they don't spend much time caring for them. However, performing some simple tire maintenance will keep you safe and add value to your car, as well as save you money and possible problems down the road.
To maximize the use and wear of your tires:
- Make sure they are properly inflated to your vehicle or tire manufacturer’s specifications and check for wear. Tire damage is most often caused by improper inflation. Not only does it contribute to uneven and premature wear, it decreases your fuel economy. To determine the proper tire pressure, consult your owner’s manual or read the tire’s sidewall. Every other week, you sh ...[more]
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