Tire Care Tips for the Winter

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Ready Your Tires for the Winter

 

Caring for your tires is crucial for driver safety. Using improper tires for different road conditions, neglecting your tires or putting off repairs can negatively impact your driving experience. Now that winter is here, you will need your tires to be at 100 percent to travel safely on the snowy and icy roads. The best way to care for your tires is to follow TreadHunter’s helpful tips below.

 

Wear and Tear

While rushing around during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget about your tires. It’s important to be aware of the age of your tires and to check your tire tread depth. There are a few ways in which you can check on the treads without having to take your car to the shop. Grab a penny, or any coin, and stick it into the groove of your tire. If you can see the president’s head, then you will need new tires. With the treads worn down, the car will not be able to grip the road nearly as well, causing you to slide all over the road with or without inclement weather.

 

Check Your Tire Pressure

Making sure you have the right amount of pressure and air in your tires is also a key factor. The only tool you will need is a tire pressure gauge to check if there is adequate pressure in your tires. To find out how much air is required for your tire, there should be a small sticker placed on it that tells you the correct number. Cold weather may also cause your tire pressure to drop so keep an eye out for that during your weekly tire pressure checks.

 

Avoid Getting a Flat

One of the best ways to avoid getting a flat is to pay attention to the road. Paying attention can help you avoid large bumps and potholes as well as large rocks and branches that can cause you to get a flat. Some hard to see objects such as nails and sharp rocks also can get wedged into your tire and slowly release air. In that case, a patch for your tire is required. It may be a little tricky to do by yourself, so having one of your local mechanics take care of it will most likely be your best bet.

 

Proper Tire Care Will Help You Save Money

Keeping up with your tires can save you a few dollars in repairs and replacements. Not only do you save money, you also save on fuel economy, as durable tires do not use as much fuel as those that are poorly maintained. Additionally, if your tires are worn down, you could find yourself in an accident. Not only will you be covering the cost for new tires, you’ll also be paying for a new car. Not to mention your insurance rates will skyrocket. Taking a small amount of time out of your day once every few weeks will greatly benefit your car and help you avoid a disaster.

Purchase New Tires Today at TreadHunter

If you’re in need of new tires, at TreadHunter, we offer a vast variety of different tire brands for many different vehicles. Getting new tires are important, especially for the winter – so contact us today!

How Winter Tires Will Save You Money

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At TreadHunter, we know tire performance is crucial to how your car functions, especially in frigid weather and on icy roads. While it may be expensive to replace tires every season, winter tires really do make all the difference. Better traction, thicker tread, and easier braking are only a few of the advantages that winter tires can provide. The best part is – they also save you money! Here are five ways we think winter tires can help you keep cash in your pocket.

 

Cost Benefits of Winter Tires

 

1. Maintenance

By replacing all four tires with winter tires, you increase the control and balance of your car. Just two winter tires can create mismatched traction and cause a spin out or busted tire, so the best way to get the most for your money is by replacing all four tires. You will avoid having to purchase multiple sets of tires, inspect your car a lot less frequently, and save money on trips to the mechanic.

2. Safety

Winter tires are beneficial in most poor weather conditions, and make driving in wet weather much easier. Unlike all-weather tires, winter tires have increased grip, make collision-avoidance easier, and stop quickly and efficiently. These characteristics allow for increased control over the tires and your car, reducing your risk of accidents significantly and saving you money on repairs as well.

3. Insurance

If maintenance and safety aren’t enough of a reason for you to invest in winter tires, you also receive a price break on your insurance if you install them. Regular all-season tires lose elasticity and effectiveness in wintery weather, making you more accident-prone that may lead to an increase in your insurance. On the other hand, if you use winter tires, you decrease braking distance by up to 25% and make the roads that much safer. All you have to do for a discount on your premium is keep all four winter tires on from November to March and let your insurance company know. Be sure to keep in mind that not all insurance companies provide such a discount, so find out before you make a hefty purchase.

4. Longevity

Investing in a second set of tires that you only use a few months a year increases the life of your tires. The minimal use you get out of both sets of tires makes them last much longer, minimizing how much wear and tear each set of tires is subjected to. If you were to use all-season tires on snowy and icy roads, the tread would wear prematurely; making you purchase new tires far more frequently than the recommended six to ten-year life span. It may be more expensive to purchase winter tires, but it is a long-term investment that also increases your safety and decreases accidents and cost of car and tire repair.

5. Knowledge

Yes, winter tires are more expensive than standard tires, but they also provide more safety and security than all-weather tires. You can save money on your winter weather purchase by doing your research and comparing local tire rates. Ask your friends and family, visit tire stores in the area, and search online for the best tire deals. If you know what you are looking for and how much you are looking to spend before you buy, it will make it much easier to find sturdy tires without breaking the bank.

Tires Near You

Making sure your tires are functioning properly is key to driving in the winter. Let TreadHunter help you search for new tires by location, tire size, tire brand, or car type, all without having to leave home. Contact us for more information or register online to start your hunt today!

Why You Should Check Your Tire Pressure in Cold Weather

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How Cold Weather Affects Tire Pressure

 

With the cold months ahead, your car is at liberty of being damaged by the frigid winter breeze. Many people do not think twice about their tire pressure during the winter months, but an underinflated tire can be a recipe for disaster. With our knowledge on tire pressure at TreadHunter, protecting your car should be a breeze this winter.

 

Cold Weather Deflates Your Tires

The freezing temperatures of the air in the winter months tend to have a negative effect on your tire pressure. Cold temperatures cause your tire to underinflate, whereas hotter temperatures cause them to overinflate. Checking your tire pressure at least a few times per month will help you stay on top of it. Some cars have a built-in tire monitoring system, but for others you will need to use a tire-checking gauge.

 

Underinflated Tires Cause Blowouts

When driving with one or more underinflated tires, your risk of having a blowout vastly increases. Not only do blowouts put the driver at risk, but also everyone else on the road. Depending on the severity, a blowout could cause the tire to combust, breaking off into debris and shrapnel. The blowout may even cause you to lose control of the car and crash, putting the lives of others at risk. Don’t rely on eyeballing your tire and take the time to properly check your tire pressure with a gauge. It only takes a few minutes and can save your life.

 

Decreased Tire Usability

Driving with an underinflated tire causes the original shape of the tire to become deformed. The more and more you drive without enough pressure – the constant wear and tear will cause your tire to bend. Bending of the tire builds up internal heat, causing an increase in rolling distance that lowers the fuel economy by five percent. Bending can also cause your tires’ tread life to be reduced by up to 25 percent. Your steering and corner stability may suffer as well, making it much more difficult to drive. Once your tire loses more than 6psi, you should add air to your tires, but anything below that is fine.

Lowers the Amount of Weight Your Car Can Carry

Each car has a weight maximum in which they can hold or carry. If your tires are underinflated, that weight limit decreases. It can be extremely detrimental to you and your vehicle if you overload your car especially on bad tires. For example, if you have a truck and you’re used to driving around with heavy amounts of weight in the bed, by the time you get down the street your truck will be down to its frame. A few minutes of tire maintenance will save you from a lot of trouble.

Purchase New Tires from TreadHunter

Do you need a new set of tires? Or how about a spare set for the winter or summer? Here at TreadHunter, we have different seasonal tires and many different brands for you to choose from. Give us a call today at (888)-847-3755 for more information.

Tips for Your Long Distance Road Trip

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Whether you are traveling to see family, are heading on a vacation, or are on your way back to school, long distance drives can be daunting and lengthy. The best way to have a trip without hiccups and headaches is to follow TreadHunter’s five tips below.

Long Distance Driving Tips

1. Be Prepared

The best way to put a damper on a road trip is to be stranded on the side of the road, because you didn’t prepare ahead of time. Get plenty of sleep the night before your drive, and stock up on food and water. Check to make sure that your tires are in good condition, the fuel tank is full, and you are equipped with washer fluid, coolant, and any other liquids the car may need. Also have a survival kit on hand with tools for inclement weather (a shovel and extra wiper blades, for example), spare blankets, and first aid needs.

2. Bring a Buddy

Driving alone may cause you to become drowsy or unfocused behind the wheel. Having a buddy makes the drive go by much quicker and allows you to share the driving responsibilities with someone. You’ll be able to keep an eye on one another, ensuring that you both do not drive while too tired. If you do drive with a buddy, be sure to keep your focus on the road as having someone in the passenger seat sometimes can quickly turn into a distraction.

3. Get Informed

If you’re crossing state lines, it’s important to know how their laws differ from your local laws. While certain things may be acceptable in one area it may not be in another, being unaware of the local laws is typically not an excuse for a violation. Also, keep your GPS with you in case you lose track of your route to avoid having to face unexpected traffic or construction delays. Bringing a road map or atlas as a backup doesn’t hurt either.

4. Take Breaks

Even if you think you can soldier through an entire eight or ten-hour drive, it is advisable to stop and stretch your legs from time to time. Aches, pains, and cramps are inevitable during a long-distance drive, which can divert your attention from the road. By taking frequent breaks, you will get the chance to avoid fatigue, grab some food or coffee, and experience different scenery than the inside of your car. It will also give you the opportunity to inspect your car, check tires for accurate air pressure, and fuel up as needed.

5. Conserve Resources

Use of gas and food should be limited and staggered throughout your trip. It’s more efficient and inexpensive to drive at a slower speed for a longer duration than driving at a faster pace to get to your destination. If you’re willing to slow down a little, you’ll save money on gas and a tire replacement while also avoiding a speeding ticket at the same time. Additionally, consume the food and water you brought in moderation so you don’t run out of all your snacks within the first few hours.

Tires in Your Area

With proper preparation, you can make the most out of your long-distance drive. TreadHunter helps you make the most out of your car by finding local tire deals and organizing tire searches by location, tire size, tire brand, or car type. The best part is that it’s all online. Register today and begin searching for tires from the comfort of your home!