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
Its that time of year; fireworks and spending time in the great outdoors. It’s a great time to be an American enjoying all the holiday has to offer. As you prepare to head out to enjoy your favorite holiday traditions, make sure you check all your tires before you leave to ensure a worry free weekend.
If you have not taken your RV out in a while, you will defiantly need to check the age and condition of your tires. Hot and cold weather will compromise the sidewalls of your tires rendering them unsafe for driving condition. Check for cracks and hardening of the rubber compound in the sidewalls and tread. RV tires need to be replaced every few years regardless of road wear. If you need to replace your RV tires here’s our top recommendation:Read More
Who doesn’t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.
Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire’s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn’t be used as your vehicle’s primary tires.
Feeling like throwing some mud?
ATV tires have to be able to hold up to tough punishment, and also don’t have to reach highway speeds. That means they need heavy-duty casings and tread formulations, low tire pressures, aggressive tread and a level of traction and control that you’ll never see with street tires. ATV tires also usually are made from a softer rubber compound for extra traction (but also have to be rigid enough to handle well at higher speeds). ATV tires, in other words, have to be able to hold up under some really extreme conditions, and get you all the way through to the other side of where you’re heading. Have a look at our recommendations for some great ATV tires:Read More
Trailer tires see a little bit different kind of service. Trailer tires don’t have to steer or deliver torque to the road, but they do have to handle loads (sometimes very heavy loads). That means that trailer tires have to be pretty robust, and need to hold up at high speeds and long service lives.
We’re happy to offer Gladiator trailer tires! Gladiator makes tires for commercial trucks, RVs and other vehicles, as well as a line especially designed for trailer service. Gladiator tires are radial designs and approved for highway speed use.
- Gladiator QR25-TS – The advanced tread compound of the Gladiator QR25-TS is designed for reduced heat under heavy loads, as well as improved rolling resistance and fuel econ ...[more]
Since the 50s, Britain’s Aston Martin has been synonymous with performance, design and esoteric British classiness. Today’s Aston Martin, however, is known more for brute force, and the CC 100 Speedster is expected to stay in keeping with that image. Amazingly, the CC100 went from concept and drafting table to production in under six months time. While it’s currently a one-off concept car, the CC100, like many concept cars, hints at new design directions and ideas for the car maker.
Created to reflect the company’s 100th anniversary, the CC100 is powered by a 555 horsepower 6-liter V12 engine, with a top speed of over 180 mph and a zero-to-60 time of under four seconds. The naturally-aspirated V12 is then mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with racing ...[more]Read More
Time to get out of your office cubicle, off the couch or out from in front of the TV set and go take in the great outdoors! Experience the sights and sounds, breathe some air you haven’t breathed before, and imagine how it all looked to native Americans, cowboys or even Lewis and Clark a couple of hundred years ago.
Moab and Paiute ATV Trail, Utah
Sand, water, cliffs, bluffs, boulders…Moab has a little bit of everything. Miles and miles of this area were charted decades ago by prospectors, and it’s as remote, rough and demanding as any trek you’re likely to take. Be ready, though, with plenty of provisions for yourself and your machine both. The payoff is some of the most dramatic, spectacular Wild West scenery you’re going to experience.
Calico Ghost Town, Californi ...[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]
The Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season is a perfect example of what tire technology can achieve, circa 2013.
The Eagle F1 All Season was developed with carbon fiber reinforced rubber compounds in the sidewalls, for rigidity and enhanced maneuverability, while the tread area itself is reinforced with DuPont Kevlar® fibers for noise suppression and ride quality. The all-season tread zone is designed for optimum traction in rain and light snow, with precise steering and cornering ability; a rim protector also helps protect wheels against scuffs or scrapes in accidental curb damage. And while just about all all-season tires feature sipes for traction, the Eagle F1 is designed with Goodyear’s innovative TredLock Technology – a system of microgrooves that multiply the tire’s biting surfaces for wet traction, and lock together for a confident grip while cornering. Aquachutes and wide grooves help clear wat ...[more]Read More
Best Ultra High Performance All Season Tires
Ultra high performance all season tires are designed for drivers who like to push their vehicles to the limit from time to time; while they’re not all-out racing tires, ultra high performance all season tires were developed for the maximum in traction and control when cornering, accelerating and braking. The best all-around compromise, of course, is an ultra high performance tire that gets year-round traction, including wet weather and light snow.
Let’s start off with the Yokohama AVID ENVigor, with a W-speed rating and all-season silica tread compound. A five-rib directional tread pattern, linked shoulder blocks and continuous tapered center rib mean improved straight-line tracking and handling in wet or dry weather; angled grooves and adaptive 3D sipes enhance wet traction and light-snow traction.'
One of the best all-season tires we’ve run across is the Br ...[more]Read More