Summer Tire Safety

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No matter the season, a tire’s nemesis is inflation. Whether it is over-inflation, with too much air in the tire, or under-inflation, with too little air in the tire, a car depends on good air pressure to navigate the road safely. As temperatures rise, air molecules inside the tire move faster, typically causing overinflation in the summer. The hot weather essentially weakens the tires, and puts extra stress on the entire vehicle. Some risks of overinflation are insufficient control while steering, balding spots on tires, and problems braking effectively. However, there are easy ways to protect tires from overinflation in the summer.

Watch The Air Pressure

Tires experience enough problems on the road, but what about when they are left in the sun? If you commuted to work when it was cool outside, but parked your car and left it in the midday sun, a 10° Fahrenheit change in air temperature could cause a tire pressure change of roughly 2%. Direct sunlight will continue to increase the tire pressure and possibly cause overinflation while you are at work. If possible, find a shady area to park your car in order to avoid this risk.

Rotate Your Tires

Your tires should always be rotated every 5,000 miles, especially in the summer. During a rotation, the wheels change positions to evenly distribute tire wear. During this time, your mechanic will also adjust the tire pressure and inspect the breaks. Having these little adjustments will get more life out of your tires and improve your car’s overall health.

Tire Weight Ratios

Summertime is best spent outdoors: hiking, camping, boating, and fishing. However, a lot of summer activities involve heavy equipment that can overburden your car. If the car exceeds its tire weight ratio, the tread could wear out much faster.

Purchase Summer-Specialized Tires

Tires are specifically designed with different types of roads and temperature variations in mind. Summer-specific tires are the most successful against overinflation and handle the best on hot roads.

Winter tires are created to get better traction on cold, gritty roads. The rubber is able to remain flexible, allowing the tires to grip sufficiently despite slippery conditions. Deeper grooves in the tread are another added benefit in the winter, as they filter out more water and sludge. However, in the summer this is unnecessary, and the rubber that is used to maintain in cold temperatures does not hold up well in the heat. Summer tires are less flexible, because the soft winter tread will wear out very quickly on hot, dry pavement. Winter-specific tires cannot handle the same way firm summer tires do: the car will not respond as smoothly. Summer tires are the best way to protect your car from the heat.

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5 Reasons Why You Need To Rotate Your Tires

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By the end of this article, you will understand the meaning of the phrase: Healthy tires, healthy car. Tires must be rotated and inspected every 5,000 miles. You would not walk for months on end in sneakers with a hole in the bottom, would you? A tire rotation is the shoe repair your car needs to function properly.

Tire rotation is the process of changing the position of tires on a car. This necessary process ensures even wear on all of the wheels. During a professional tire rotation, the mechanic will not only rotate the tires, but also adjust the air pressure accordingly and examine the brakes.

On any vehicle, wheels will wear out varying on their placement. Since the majority of cars keep their engines in the front, the front tires bear more weight than the rear ones. Front wheel tires also experience extra wear due to braking and steering. This means rotations are an easy way to keep things running smoothly and avoid accidents related to tire pressure and tread.

Two Processes, One Visit

Tire rotations can be done alongside oil changes, as a tire rotation needs to be done every 5,000 miles. Many companies offer a combination discount for oil changes and tire rotations, so be sure to check out local and national deals to help save some pennies.

Retain Warrantees

Tire companies have warranties for their products. It is important to read these agreements because tire rotations are required to keep the warranty valid. If your warranty is not valid, you will be spending more money if the tire fails unexpectedly. Further, replacing a tire can lead to wear issues on the other tires, especially if it is a different type than the one originally provided.

 

Spend Less On Gas

Speaking of money, the pressure checks during a tire rotation can help you save on gas, big time! According to Fuel Economy, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated with the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by .3% per 1psi drop in pressure of all four tires.

Extend Tire Life

Another consequence of lack of rotation is underinflation. You cannot tell if a tire has the correct inflation just by looking at it, as a tire can be as much as 50% underinflated without looking flat. Underinflation leads to reduced fuel economy, poor handling, delays while applying brakes, and extra stress on tire components. Tire failure due to underinflation is also a cause of many accidents on the road.

Less Accidents

Low spots, bald spots, and low treads form when tires become worn out. These conditions cause the vehicle to lose traction on the ground. Tread’s purpose is to funnel water out from underneath the wheels. When the tire has low tread, the car can slide out of control. This is known as hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning is not the only risk, however. Did you know that according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire issues account for 1 of 11 crashes on the road, including tread separations, blowouts, and bald tires? Tire safety, and therefore tire rotations, play a big role in protecting you on the road.

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Car Cleaning 101

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As the weather warms up this summer, it is the perfect time to get your car squeaky clean. Car washing is necessary for keeping your car’s appearance clean. However, precautions must be taken to ensure that your car’s finish is free of scratches and degrade. Here is a list of helpful tips for successfully washing your car in a safe and effective manner.

 

Don’t Wait

It is important that you wash your car before crud begins to accumulate. Clean away dead bugs, bird droppings, tree-sap and various atmospheric chemicals from your car as soon as possible. This will prevent acids from leeching off the wax of your car, ultimately destroying the paint job. Keep this from becoming a problem by washing your car as soon as it becomes noticeably dirty. You can use bug and tar remover to assist in the cleaning process.

 

Fill the Reservoir with Vodka

Yes, you read that header correctly. It’s not just shot glasses that need refilling of hard liquor; it’s your dirty car as well. At some point your windshield-washer reservoir will need to be refilled. Mix together 3 cups of vodka, 4 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid dishwashing detergent in a jug. Screw the cap and shake it up. Pour the appropriate amount of customized liquid needed into your vehicle’s windshield-washer reservoir.

 

Stay out of Direct Sunlight

Make sure you stay away from direct sunlight as you wash your car. Before you’ve had a chance to rinse your car, the sunlight will dry the soapy water from your car quickly, leaving watermarks. To prevent this problem from arising, stay in a shady area as you wash your car. Drying your car by hand is most effective.

 

Seeing Clearly

Combine 1/4 cup of household ammonia with 1 quart of water into a plastic bottle with a tight cap. Store this bottle in your car to clean your windows and windshield when they get dirty. Use a sponge to absorb the solution and apply it to your dirty windows and windshield. Dry them off with paper towels or a soft cloth.

 

Two Buckets are Better than One

Wash your car using two buckets. One bucket should be designated for clean soapy water, while the other should be used for dirty water. After cleaning portions of your car, rinse your sponge or mitt into the bucket of dirty water. Then absorb the sponge into the clean bucket as you continue washing. This will prevent the dirt from ending up on your car again.

Use these easy tips to keep your car clean all summer long. Are your tires in need of more than just a cleaning? Search for tires using our convenient search tool, and get them locally installed. Tire buying has never been this easy.

 

Getting Ready for your Summer Road Trip

Stay ahead of the curve with these tips for a smooth summer road trip.

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You’ve earned the vacation days, mapped your route and coordinated with your closest friends. You’re ready for a summer road trip. For all its effort, this journey will be an experience of a lifetime.  Use these tips to avoid rookie mistakes and ensure safe and smooth travels.

Make Sure Your Car Is Ready

Is your tire pressure low? Does the oil in your car need to be replaced? If you’re uncertain, get your car fully inspected before hitting the gas. If your tires are worn and out of shape, save yourself the stress and the time and replace them before you go. Your car should be in its best form before heading out. If it’s not, let us help you find the parts you are looking for.

A Little Cleaning Never Hurt Anyone

No one says your car needs to be spotless for a road trip. That being said, your passengers would appreciate a quick clean sweep before being locked in for days. Chuck the leftover food wrappers, empty water bottles and month-old receipts. Plus, there is a 100% chance that garbage will pile up in your car on the road. Don’t add new garbage to old garbage.

Know Your Wheels

Don’t know how to change a flat? It may be worthwhile to brush up on your skills. And if you don’t, make sure you have the proper signals/road flares to call for help. Keeping a jack, a spare tire and a tire pressure gauge in your trunk can clip hours off of an unfortunate situation. Don’t know which tires are best for your car? Our convenient search tool can help.

Pack Your Favorites

This includes everything from music to food. Cruise to a playlist of your favorite summer jams and make sure you and your buddies can enjoy the trip as much as possible. Your favorite snacks will also keep everyone happy and hunger at bay.

Have A Loose Plan

Delays happen during long-distance traveling. Take care to not to overbook your trip. Usually things take longer than we expect. Construction, detours and reroutes come up. You might spot a restaurant or festival that looks interesting and choose to check it out. Don’t ruin your summer road trip by stressing over making time. Keep your plan loose—but not too loose to keep the energy positive and enjoyable.

Pack Emergency Supplies

Sometimes car trouble happens. An extra supply of oil and radiator coolant will be handy for moments like these. So will a small funnel, a flashlight, a first aid kit and simple tools like a hammer and wrench. A copy of the directions is also a basic backup that everyone should pack.

Check Your Phone Plan

If you’re already attached to your phone this may be a no-brainer. However, if you’re planning a road trip, ask your phone provider about roaming fees and coverage country-wide. No one wants to come home to a huge phone bill.

Learn The Numbers

You’ve chosen your direction. Now it’s time to get to know your highways. Not all interstates are the same. Two-digit numbered interstates (I-95) are generally more direct routes through cities while three-digit interstates (I-785) generally travel around cities. Also, odd-numbered highways run north to south and even numbered highways run east to west.

Don’t Forget To Enjoy The Ride

Take care of safety and supplies ahead of time so you can focus on the important stuff like relaxing and enjoying the ride. Don’t forget to rock out and take in the sights!