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Driving Tips for Wet Roads

August 30th, 2012

by: Parker Ashton


Driving in the rain can be dangerous; in fact thousands of car accidents each year are caused by wet driving conditions.

Routinely Check Your Tires

It is a good idea to always check your tires before you hit the road. To ensure your tires are working at their best, make sure you do the following routine maintenance:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. The correct air pressure for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and can be found on the vehicle placard located on door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owners manual. The number listed on the side of the tire is not the recommended air pressure for your tire -- it is the maximum air pressure for the tire.
    You should check your tire's air pressure at least once a month.
  • Check the tires tread depth. Tires should have min ...[more]
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Reading Your Sidewall - Understanding Tire Hieroglyphics

August 29th, 2012

by: Parker Ashton

 

Understanding Tire Hieroglyphics

There is a lot to learn from the sidewall of your tire. Although at first glance you may think you stumbled across tire hieroglyphics, you've actually found molded into the tires side its own user manual.

Tire Size

Example P205/55R16 91W

  • P identifies your tire as a Passenger Tire. The P stands for PMetric. If your tire size starts with LT rather than a P than it identifies the tire as a light truck tire.
  • 205 identifies the tire section width, which is the measurement of the tire from sidewall to sidewall in millimeters. This measurement varies depending on the rim to which it is fitted.
    (There are 25.4 millimeters per 1 inch.)
  • 55 is the two-figure aspect ratio. This percentage compares the tires section height with ...[more]
  Tags: tires
  Posted in: Tire Dictionary

Driving Tip for Winter

August 29th, 2012

by: Parker Ashton

 

Problems always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. Sufficient planning and preparation can make the difference between a minor inconvenience and a potentially dangerous situation.

The leading cause of death during winter storms is auto accidents. Below are preventative tips to keep you safe on the road this winter. You may not be able to control Mother Nature but using caution and common sense can prevent an accident.

  • Always know the weather before you get on the road. Remember to be extra careful when driving on bridges and overpasses; they are the first to freeze over. Be aware of black ice. Black ice occurs when the road appears to be dry but is darker and shinier than usual. Slow down when driving through these areas.
  • Always Buckle Up!
  • Slow Down (this includes turning, braking, stopping and acceler ...[more]
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History of the Passenger Tire

August 29th, 2012

by: Parker Ashton

 

The Evolution of the Passenger Tire

Dateline 3500 B.C.--Today man invented the greatest invention ever seen, THE WHEEL!

Thousands of years later, the wheel has come a long way. For one thing it is no longer made of wood and it is guaranteed that the ride is much smoother. What hasn't changed is the fact it is still one of man's greatest inventions. Could you even imagine where we would be today without it?

The early wheel was very simple...a solid curved piece of wood, then leather was eventually added to soften the ride, as time progressed it became solid rubber which led to today's tire--the pneumatic, or air inflated, radial tire.

The first wheels made of metal or wood were very durable but did not provide a very comfortable ride. The nearest thing to the first tire was a metal hoop. There were many individuals that made contributions in creating the tire as we think of it ...[more]

  Tags: tires, driving tips
  Posted in: Tire Dictionary

Proper Tire Care is Simple and Easy

August 29th, 2012

 

Proper tire care is simple and easy. The Rubber Manufacturer's Association (RMA) recommends getting into the habit of taking five minutes each month to check your tires.

  • Pressure
  • Alignment
  • Rotation
  • Tread

Visit the RMA Website for more information or Visit our Services page to see how we can help keep your tires safe!

  Posted in: Tire Dictionary

Tire Tips and Maintenace

August 29th, 2012
Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road when you drive. It only takes a couple of minutes of maintenance each month to keep your tires working at their best. Find out how you can get the most out of your tires.
  Posted in: Driving Tips
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