If you’re like most people, you want to know as little about tires as possible. We understand — but we also think that the more you know about tires, the safer you’ll be on the road. With that in mind, we’ve compiled ten of our most useful tire articles for you. Read on … and become a tire expert.
1. Why bald tires aren’t a good thing
This is probably pretty obvious: if your tires are bald, their tread has worn down, and that means you have less grip on the road than you need. But here’s what you really need to know: it takes nearly twice as long to stop on bald tires vs. new tires. If your tires are bald, please get a new set immediately. Not sure what bald tires look like? We can help.
2. Why you should check your tire pressure every month
It’s not always easy to remember to check your tire pressure. But once you know that properly inflated tires can keep you and everyone in your car safer, and save you money at the same time – why wouldn’t you take five minutes to do a pressure check?
3. How to find your tire size
Many people have no idea what size their tires are. To be sure you’re getting the correct size for your vehicle, it’s always a good idea to check – even if you think you know the size. Here are two foolproof ways to find your tire size:
1. Look on the placard on your vehicle’s door jamb
2. Look at the sidewall of the tire itself (remember, your back and front tires could be different sizes)
4. What Original Equipment tires are
This one is easy: Original Equipment, or OE, tires, are simply the tires that came on your vehicle when it was new from the factory. When it comes time to replace them, should you buy another set of OE tires, or a different type? That’s a bit more complicated; read on for more details.
5. Why rotating your tires is a good idea
A quick trip to your tire installer for a rotation every 3,000 – 5,000 miles can keep your vehicle’s handling strong, make your tires last longer, and keep your tire warranty valid. Check it out…
6. How your tires could save you money at the gas pump
If you can lower the rolling resistance of your tires, you could increase your gas mileage – and that could save you some serious cash over time. But what exactly is rolling resistance and how do you lower it? Read on to find out – it’s not as hard as it might sound.
7. Why used tires are a bad idea
Sure, used tires can save you some money in the short run, but the potential trade-off just isn’t worth it. Used tires could be damaged, improperly repaired, unevenly worn, weathered, aged, used while underinflated or overinflated – and usually, there’s no way to tell just by looking at a tire. If you’re looking to save money on tires, give us a call – we can show you some economical alternatives to used tires.
8. Why all-season tires aren’t really all-season
If you live in a place with mild winters – for example, the southern United States – all-season tires may be just that, perfect for year-round use. But if you live in an area where the winter temperatures regularly drop below 45 degrees, you should invest in a set of winter tires for the safest driving on snow and ice.
9. What to do (and not to do) if you find yourself hydroplaning
DON’T panic, slam on the brakes, or oversteer. We know – hydroplaning is scary stuff, but try to remain calm. DO take a deep breath, brake gently if necessary, and keep yourself pointed in the direction the road is going. Read on for more info about hydroplaning, including tips on how to avoid it in the first place.
10. Why studded tires may not be the best choice for you
Studded tires can provide exceptional traction in some winter conditions like ice. But depending on where you live, using studded tires too early, too late, or at all could get you a hefty fine. Be sure to get acquainted with your state’s law before studding up.