Tread depth is crucial to your safety! Once the tires on your car get below a certain minimum tread depth, your steering, handling and traction are compromised seriously enough that your car is considered unsafe to drive. Most states cite 2/32” as a minimum tread depth, but the truth is that your traction in wet weather or snow can be treacherous long before the tread makes it to 2/32”.
Most tire brands have “wear bars” embedded in the tread grooves, at a right angle to the tread. Once the wear bars start to show through, it’s definitely time to replace the tires.
The oldest rule-of-thumb test is the “Lincoln head penny” test – insert a penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head pointed down. If the tread doesn’t come to the top ...[more]Read More
You may be wondering when you should get new tires…they are a big investment and you don’t want to jump the gun, right? You also don’t want to push your luck with tires that are worn-out and running on borrowed time. Here are some tips:
- Run your hands along the surface of the tires. Feel for any irregularities like unevenly-worn spots or a rippled edge to the tread (also called “feathering”). These are indicators of suspension or steering issues that can contribute to tire wear, or an indicator of tires that haven’t been rotated frequently enough. Feel for any tread separation or possible bulges or cracks in the tread surface. If you detect problems like that, the tire is in imminent danger of failure and needs to be replaced right awa ...[more]
Too much of the time, tires just don’t get a lot of thought…but they’re your sole connection between your car and the road. At no time is that connection more important than when wet weather hits. You can argue that most tires are essentially the same…polyester fabric, steel belts, compound of rubber, silica and carbon black…but there’s much more to it than that. Things like tread pattern, tread design and grooves all make a huge difference in wet-weather driving, and can improve your car’s traction and margin of safety. The enemy, of course, is hydroplaning – a film of water between your tread and pavement that can actually break contact with the road and send your car out of control.
An excellent choice for control and traction on wet pavement is the Michelin Pilot Sport A-S +, with aggressive direction ...[more]Read More
Driving a car is a calculated risk. Your car can be dependable and well-maintained with great tires and mechanicals, you can be safety-minded and have your head in the game, but you are still in control of a couple of tons of plastic, steel, rubber and glass traveling at about 80 feet per second. Chances are nothing is going to happen, and obviously you hope it won’t – most people put in their entire years behind the wheel without a serious incident. But if something does happen, you should be ready to handle an emergency. We’re not even talking about something catastrophic like a collision…it could just be a dead battery, a minor mechanical problem or a failed tire. Better to have your car safety supplies and not need them, than to need them and not have them.
- Jump Starters – Nothing’s more disheartening than getting behind the wheel, turning the key and hearing the engine turn too slowly to start (or worse yet, the dreade ...[more]
SimpleTire.com, and online tire distributor, has been taking a proactive approach to inform customers of the latest tire recalls. Recently, both BF Goodrich and Uniroyal released recall notices on some of their tire lines. SimpleTire.com has been working with customers to get the recalled tires removed from the vehicle and replaced with a similar product.
BFGoodrich Tires is recalling the LT235/85R16 120Q LRE Commercial TA A/S and the LT245/75R16 120Q LRE Commercial TA A/S. They are recalling tires with a DOT fo BF0RJD11; for the LT235 in periods inclusive of 13th week of 2012 to 29th week of 2012. And a DOT of BE11JD11 and BF11JD11 for the LT245 in periods inclusive of the 13th week of 2012 to the 3rd week of 2012 and the 13th week of 2011 to the 52nd week of 2012.Read More
When the summer fades into autumn and the autumn starts to get colder, everyone prepares for winter and all of the things that it brings. Winter means cold weather, and it means that you will need the proper tires to keep you going during the winter. That is why it is necessary to take care of your winter tires.Read More
These are all important warnings to receive to help prevent damage to your vehicle and to keep you safe- and then there are your tires. It’s not unusual while on the road to see other cars with one or more tires that look low on tire pressure. You may be driving one of those cars. Wouldn’t you want to be warned?
Of course you would, and thanks to your car’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) you can receive immediate feedback on your tire’s inflation level. Since too little tire pressure can lead to tire failure, this is a major safety concern. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) every year in road accidents about 533 fatalities are caused by tire defects. Adding TPMS to every vehicle could avoid 120 of the 533 yearly victims and spare as many as 8,400 injuries every year.
Not only does a TPMS help improve your car’s safety, but it also has a positive impact on your car’s performance ...[more]Read More
A regular health check is essential to maintain the safety of your car, and spot any problems that may arise from time to time. It is highly advisable that you run a standard test of various vital mechanical elements of your car periodically. Also, it ensures the best chance of your survival in an accident. Regular health checks can spot problems as soon as they become apparent. They also help you save on the mechanic’s bill.
Periodical health checks also ensure that your car is in top roadworthy condition. They minimize the chance of mechanical failure whilst you are driving. The most basic check you should conduct is a break test. Before testing the brakes ensure that you are safely ahead of any cars behind. Then apply relatively firm pressure to the breaks. This would help you get a feel of the responsiveness of the break pads. If you find that breaking is getting slightly sluggish, there can be considerable erosion of the break pads. In this case, it ...[more]
Improper tire inflation is the single most important factor that causes uneven tire wear. Tire wear will happen naturally thanks to friction that happens during driving, and it's this friction that makes it possible to drive at all. In the absence of friction (e.g., when attempting to drive on an icy surface) your car will not move. Tires are designed to create friction, which produces the force necessary to propel your car, and over time this friction contributes to tire wear.
There are three easy steps to inspecting your tires: Look, Feel, and Test. First, visually inspect all of your tires. Second, feel the tread by hand to detect wear such as cupping, scalloped dips on the edge of the tire, and feathering, treads with a rounded edge on one side and a sharp edge on the other. Finally, test all four tires with a tire pressure gauge for proper inflation. You can purchase a tire pressure gauge for a few bucks at any auto parts store.
So what exactly are ...[more]Read More
The installation of winter snow tires is probably the first on anyone’s car winterization checklist. However, a lot of us are not familiar with how to choose the perfect snow tires for our cars. Of course, getting snow tires for your vehicle is not as simple as going to the tire shop and picking the first four tires that you see. Instead, there are several factors that must be considered to make sure that snow tires you will buy are the ones that you actually need.
How do I know if it is a snow tire anyway?
You can know whether a tire is built for snowy roads if the tires’ side walls are printed with a logo that shows a snow flake that is surrounded by the outline of a mountain with three peaks, with middle peak being the highest. Upon seeing this symbol, you can be sure that that particular tire is a snow tire. After this, the next criterion must be considered.
Okay, so they’re snow tires, now how do I choose among them?