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.
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]
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]