Get Ready for Summer Road Trips with New Tires

May 28th, 2015

Summer’s going to be here before you know it, and that means time for family road trips! 
 
We know there’s a lot to think about when you’re planning a vacation...money, accommodations, scheduling, keeping the kids occupied in the car...but one thing you definitely should not neglect in those plans is your tires. 
 
Summer road trips are hard on tires. You have to figure you’re in a car that’s likely loaded to the gills, driving for hours and hours to get to your destination in 90-plus-degree weather. That’s a good way to end up with overheated tires, and heat is the enemy of even the best tires. Here are a few things to consider before you load up the car and get going: 
 
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Wheel Alignment

May 20th, 2015

Discover why poor wheel alignment on your car costs you money.

I was once privileged to be involved in a Goodyear demonstration where they had a toy vehicle that allowed them to adjust the wheel alignment of the front tires. The vehicle was allowed to run down a ramp onto a flat surface with various alignment settings and a measurement was taken of how far it traveled before it stopped. I was surprised by the effect the wheel alignment had—it really was dramatic.

Have a look at what the Environmental Protection Authority has to say on the Fuel Economy Impact Analysis of Reformulated Gasoline. Their figures show that bad wheel alignment could cost you 10% or more in fuel.

Have a look also at the Car Care article, ...[more]

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4 Budget Friendly Ways to Improve Mom’s Ride

May 14th, 2015

So we all know that May is devoted to Mother’s Day. In honor of mothers everywhere, here are a few helpful suggestions for you to show mom just how much you care.  
 
1. Oil Change - Getting Mom’s car an oil change would be a nice way to help her get the most miles out of her car. Regular oil changes keep moving parts lubricated, reducing friction and heat buildup, and prevent deposits of sludge and gunk from building up on internal engine assemblies. 
 
2. Wiper Replacement - Even the best windshield wipers need to be replaced every 12 months or so. We’ll get a look at the wi ...[more]
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Differences in Tires

May 13th, 2015

While tires might all look the same, there are important differences in tires.

Tires might seem like charlie round black things made of rubber. But in reality they are a highly technical, advanced product that must meet stringent standards of safety and performance.

Imagine the tires on a large passenger jet as it lands with hundreds of tons of impact at incredible speed. How about a Formula 1 racing car accelerating and breaking through hours of high performance—even they have tires changed when the road is wet or dry.

The tires on your car are required to meet the specifications of the manufacturer that are measured as speed and load ratings. This allows your vehicle to brake, travel and accelerate within the performance guidelines of the vehicle manufacturer.

Speed and Load ratings are tested and assigned according to the Department Of Transport, have a look at the ...[more]

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