Although marketed as a wonder drug, a tire pressure monitoring system is not a substitute for checking the pressure of your tires each month. While tire pressure monitoring systems do serve a purpose, they do not (and never were) intended to replace the need for regular tire maintenance. These systems are, at best, an emergency warning system and the technology behind these systems is far from being perfect. (more…)
Proper storage of winter tires during the summer months can help extend the service life of tires. Once the weather warms up and snow has melted from the roadways, it is fun to replace stocky winter tires with sporty summer tires ready for beach weather. To help guide you through storing your winter tires until next year, we have surveyed the service bulletins and owner’s manuals of most of the major tire manufacturers to provide you with a general guide of the tire industry’s best practices for tire storage. While it may be impossible or impractical to follow each of these suggestions, particularly when storing large numbers of tires, the below information can help inform your decisions when storing tires for the summer. (more…)
When fall comes to an end and winter is approaching, you need to begin to prepare your vehicle for the snowy streets and colder climate. Make sure you take the following steps to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the wintery roads that you are sure to encounter.
Proper storage of summer tires during the winter months can help extend the service life of tires. Once the weather cools off and snow and icy conditions are on the horizon, it is time to remove your summer tires and place your winter tires into service. To help guide you through storing your summer tires until next season, we have surveyed the service bulletins and owner’s manuals of most of the major tire manufacturers to provide you with a general guide of the tire industry’s best practices for summer tire storage. While it may be impossible or impractical to follow each of these suggestions, particularly when storing large numbers of tires, the below information can help inform your decisions when storing tires for the winter. (more…)
Many people who are looking to buy a roadside emergency kit often come across the term “DOT Certified” without fully understanding what the term means or whether they actually need a kit that is DOT certified. While you definitely need a roadside safety kit in your car, that kit does not necessarily have to be DOT Certified. (more…)
Maintaining your tire pressure is one of the most important maintenance tasks you can perform. Properly inflated tires save fuel and improve the safety of your car. If your car’s tires are not properly inflated, your fuel economy can drop drastically, your tires will need replacement more often, and it can cause a less comfortable ride.
First and foremost, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is not a replacement for routine tire maintenance. It is, however, a good supplemental emergency warning system that you should take seriously. While these systems do have significant limitations, a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) warning light indicates a potentially serious problem. (more…)
This article will provide a guide on preparing a basic roadside emergency safety kit. You’re ready to hit the road. It may be just a trip across town or a trip across country, but you need to make sure that you’re ready. You have your bags packed, but are you really ready for your trip? If you don’t have a basic roadside safety kit inside of your vehicle, you are not. Here are the things you need to include in your basic roadside safety kit. (more…)
The evidence is clear: tires should have an expiration date. Older tires are substantially more likely to fail than newer ones. This is because tires are made mostly of rubber, and rubber degrades with age. Sunlight, heat, ice, and general wear and tear can accelerate the breakdown of a tire. Once a tire begins to break down, it becomes more likely to fail in the form of a tread separation–often at highway speeds, when the failure is most likely to cause catastrophic injuries or death. (more…)
Maintaining the proper tire pressure in your tires is crucial to your safety and your pocketbook. Most tires lose between 2 and 5 pounds every month. Considering that most passenger tires use approximately 30 pounds of pressure, a minor problem can quickly escalate into a dangerous condition. (more…)