Winter Tires – Yea or Nay?

June 1st, 2016
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires. 
 
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and road manners that rival grand tourin ...[more]
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Winter Emergency Kit

June 1st, 2016

Driving in Winter: Always Be Prepared

Driving conditions are always unpredictable. However, winter care emergencies and weather-related accidents and delays can keep you stranded in the cold for hours.

Thats why its good to prepare a winter emergency kit. If you breakdown, have an accident, face a long delay or just have to wait for roadside assistance, these items will be good to have at your disposal:

  • Cell Phone: Probably the most important item in your kit.
  • Bag of sand, salt or cat litter: You can use this under your tires for better traction.
  • Shovel: In case you need to remove snow from around your tires.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Blankets and/or sleeping bags.
  • Lighter or waterproof matches.
  • Non-perishable food: Try items such as high-energy protein bars or a nut and raisin ...[more]

Winter Car Care and Driving Tips

June 1st, 2016

Preparing for Old Man Winter: A Winter Checklist

When driving in extreme cold, your car needs winter car care to ensure that it will start and keep you going through harsh weather conditions.

Autumn is the perfect time to get your car ready for cold weather driving. Because storms and cold weather can hit at any time, here is a basic winter checklist of items that, at a minimum, will keep you and your car driving throughout the season of ice and snow.

Also, be sure to check out our winter driving tips, as well as your owners manual for any other manufacturers recommendations and other car inspections or maintenance schedules. The list below provides a basic list of what to check in preparation for winter. See your Tire Source auto repair shop locations for a comprehensive vehicle review.