Safer Driving on Wet Roads

September 3rd, 2015

Winter will be here before we know it and of course winter is our wet season. That means a lot of driving on wet roads after the sun has gone down. Of course we all know to be a little more careful and drive more slowly in those conditions, but here is a handy resource with some wet driving tips that everybody should check out at least once.

http://www.bfgoodrichtires.com/tires-101/driving-and-safety-tips/driving-tips/wet-driving.page

 

  Tags: Wet Roads
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Do Your Homework on Tire Safety

August 14th, 2015
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) and check the inflation of all four tires once a month. Make sure to check inflation while the tires are cold, and inflate them to the manufacturer’s specific ...[more]
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Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

June 24th, 2015
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: 
 
Inflation - Did you know that underinflated tires cost you money in terms of fuel ec ...[more]
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Why do tires fail?

March 14th, 2015

How often have you noticed pieces of a tire that failed on the highway as you were driving? This debris is caused by catastrophic tire failure, often called a blow out. Many people believe these "blow outs" are caused by defective tires, but the real reason is almost always underinflation. When a tire is traveling down the road, the sidewalls are flexing which ultimately creates heat. If the air pressure inside the tire is enough to carry the load of the vehicle and it’s contents, then the heat created by the flexing sidewalls is minimal and does not damage the tire. However, when the air pressure inside the tire is not enough to carry the load, the sidewalls flex to a much higher degree, which creates additional heat. If the heat is allowed to build up over a long enough time, the bonds between the plies and rubber components start to break down. Eventually the stress b ...[more]

  Tags: Tire Safety, Inflation
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Two new tires....should you install them on the front or the rear?

March 9th, 2015

Many of our customers choose to purchase two tires at a time instead of four. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but many of these customers wish to install their new tires on the front of the vehicle. This seems to make perfect sense since the front tires do all of the steering, most of the braking, and typically wear out the quickest. However the practice of installing the new tires on the front is actually dangerous and should never be done. If you have ever experienced the rear end of your vehicle sliding around or "fishtailing" when the road was wet it was possibly caused by having tires on the front of your car that were in better condition than the ones on the rear.

If you don't believe me, read what Popular Mechanics has to say about the subject: "Rear tires provide stability, without stability, steering or braking on a wet or even damp surface might cause a spin. If you have new tires up front, they will easily disperse water while ...[more]

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