Are your tires dangerous?

“If you have a long commute or are about to take a trip, you may want to give your tires a good once over,” reads this article from ABC’s Houston, TX affiliate ABC13.

Tires have to be built to exacting standards, but their vulcanized, rugged exteriors aren’t perfect. If your tires are old, you may start to see signs of cracking – a clear warning that a tire is past its prime. The hot summer weather can turn those cracks into tire failure.

Besides cracks, you should check your tires for other signs of trouble. If you see the wear bars in the tread of your tire, you need new tires immediately!

So before the long trip this summer, or even just before you head out on your daily commute, check those tires!

Click here to find out more about how to read the date codes on your tire, and check for signs of wear.

Posted on July 22, 2009 by admin

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New tires: best in front or back?

It’s best to replace tires according to a regular maintenance schedule, and having all four tires replaced at once is best. But sometimes, life gets in the way and for one reason or another, tires aren’t replaced all at once.

When buying tires two at a time, customers often ask if the new tires will perform best in the front or the back. Perhaps surprisingly, in general, the answer is that new tires perform best in the back – even on a front-wheel drive car. It may sound crazy, but it’s true!

Tires with brand new treads, mounted on the front-end, will help with starting traction in snow or other slippery conditions. But in those same types of conditions, having worn tires in the back can cause the rear-end to slide out when maneuvering or stopping. Once the rear wheels begin to slide, the car is much harder to control, increasing the chance of an accident. But since the front wheels can be steered, you have a much better chance of regaining control if the front wheels slide than if the rear wheels slide.

We recommend that you replace all four tires when it’s time to, but if you can’t, put the new tires on the back!

Posted on April 13, 2009 by admin

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Why to buy snow tires

Few things about driving are more frightening than losing traction — and losing control of your car — during the winter time. The type of tires that hold your car to the ground can significantly impact your car’s handling characteristics.  That’s why you should always use tires appropriate to the conditions of the road.  That means putting on a set of winter tires when there is snow on the ground.  Read this article from CNN to learn more.

Why to buy snow tires

Posted on December 22, 2007 by admin

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Ask: Will low-profile tires wear out faster than normal tires?

Low-profile tires do not inherently wear out quicker because of their sidewall height. Most do wear out faster, though, because the majority of low-profile tires are high-performance.  Learn more by clicking here:

Will low-profile tires wear out faster than normal height tires?

Posted on November 28, 2007 by admin

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