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Help Your Tires Beat the Heat this Summer

When Rubber Meets a Hot RoadSummer is here and it’s hot outside. Nowhere is this more obvious than on a large stretch of dark pavement. If you think it’s hot, your tires do too. When the pavement starts melting, the excessive heat can lead to premature tire failure. Here’s a few tips on how you can keep your tires in great shape, no matter what the thermometer reads.

Know the Pressure

Under-inflated tires deform the tread profile and drastically increase rolling resistance, friction, and heat. Proper air pressure is the single greatest way to keep a tire in great shape. Check the air pressure monthly when the tires are cold, as you cannot tell by looking if a tire is under-inflated. Inflate if necessary … Read the rest

National Tire Safety Week

This week, June 2nd – 8th, is National Tire Safety Week.  Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) encourages motorists to check their tires and educate themselves about tire safety.

The importance of being “TireWise” is more critical than you might think. Over 10,000 tire-related crashes occur in the US every year and nearly 200 people die as a result.  Aside from the “life and death” stakes, Americans add almost 3 billion (yes, billion) miles to their tires each year and proper maintenance can extend the life of tires by 4,700 miles.

NHTSA recommends car owners follow the following steps:

  • buy the proper tires for your vehicle
  • check tire pressure and wear regularly, performing maintenance as needed
  • replace
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When is the Last Time You Rotated Your Tires?

We have a complicated relationship with cars.  It’s one of give and take; the car gives us freedom to go where we please and a comfortable environment to do it in, and all it asks in return is a little bit of attention through maintenance.  The longer you wait to perform basic tasks like oil changes, the more upset your car gets, and the bigger the problem when one manifests.

But here’s one thing that you can do to keep your car in good working order: tire rotations.  They sound intimidating, but it is actually a very simple process that takes only minutes and can make your can handle, accelerate, and brake better.  On the other hand, not rotating tiresRead the rest

When Should Car Tires Be Replaced?

Some questions in life have more than one answer: “”Who has the best pizza?”, or “How many times can you wear the same shirt?”, and of course “When should car tires be replaced?” You can ask anyone those three questions and you’ll almost be guaranteed to get a different answer every time, but only one of those questions can have significant impact on your life. And no, it’s not the question about the pizza regardless of how great it tastes. The question that can really have an impact on your life is “when should car tires be replaced?”, and it’s not enough to just accept the first piece of friendly advice you hear as fact; rather its best to consult … Read the rest

What Needs to be Checked on a Car Before Buying Tires

Even if you’ve never had to buy tires for a car before, you can do so like an expert with just a little bit of research. You should spend some time looking at tire reviews and safety ratings online to help you determine the best ones to buy. You will also need to check a few things on your car before making your purchase.

You should be regularly checking your tires not just to make sure they are properly inflated, but to find any cracks, bulging, or other damage. Discolored tires or those with a worn tread should definitely be replaced. Any serious damage that can’t be easily patched is also an indication that you need new tires. As you … Read the rest

It’s National Tire Safety Week!

According to an article from, it’s that time of year again, for the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association’s National Tire Safety Week.

Many major tire companies are very active in the association’s events including National Tire Safety Week. Some are Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli.

The National Tire Safety Week is now in its eighth year. And this year their campaign slogan is “Be Tire Smart, play your PART.”  The campaign is designed to help drivers do the simple maintenance that is needed to avoid more dangerous and permanent damage to your tires.

Think about it. Your tires are the only thing that touches the road when it comes to your car. It’s important to check your tire pressure and make sure … Read the rest