Ready to outfit your ride with some new tires but overwhelmed with all the options? Here are the key considerations to ensure your choice truly excels when the rubber meets the road.
Size is important.
Even the most expensive tires won’t be any good if they don’t fit your vehicle. Be sure to only look for appropriately sized tires for your vehicle. How? Locate the tire size on your tire’s sidewall or the driver’s door placard along with the tire pressure.
Know which type you want.
The type of tire you need is based on the type of vehicle you have, your usage of the vehicle and your geographic location.
Passenger tires (“P” prefix on the tire size) vs. Light truck (“LT” prefix on the tire size.)
Driving on worn tires is a hazard to yourself and others on the road. Are you taking all the steps to make sure you aren’t at risk? Here are 5 signs your tires are worn.
The tread is worn. Checking your wear is easy to do using a tread depth gauge or with the tire wear indicators helpfully provided by some manufacturers. You can also use a penny from your pocket. Simply hold Lincoln’s body between your thumb and forefinger and put his head into one of the grooves where the tread appears to be the lowest. If any part of Abe’s head is covered by the tread, you are still driving on safe tires. If not, your tire’s ability to grip the road is compromised and [...]
Driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle
While we don’t have to deal with snowy driving conditions in winter, South Florida drivers do have to confront rainy conditions year round. And when that rain becomes torrential and results in flooding, it means dangerous driving circumstances and potential damage to your vehicle.
The best course of action is to avoid driving during heavy rain and flash floods. However, sometimes it is unavoidable. If you find yourself in a heavy rain situation follow these simple rules below.
Avoid driving through standing water on roads or in parking lots. As little as 12 inches of moving water can cause a car to lose traction and be swept off the road while as little as 6 inches can result in an engine stalling. Also be aware that restarting an engine that [...]
Did you know that your tire pressure changes when the temperature changes? Here’s what you need to know about the daily life of your tires and how to keep them safely rolling along.
Check Tire Pressure and Temperatures For Safety
Why is checking your air pressure important?
Maintaining the appropriate air pressure is the most important thing you can do for your tires. Driving on under-inflated tires leads to increased tread wear on the outside edges of the tire as well as a reduction in fuel economy with the softer tires increasing rolling resistance. Over-inflated tires, on the other hand, can lead to impact-breaks, decrease braking performance, and cause uneven wear.
What about your TPMS light?
All cars manufactured in 2008 or later are required to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The [...]
How do you know when you may need new brakes on your car?
When it comes to your car’s brakes, the last thing you want to do is wait until they completely fail you. Learn 7 signs your brakes are bad in order to avoid a potentially disastrous situation.
Sign #1: Strange brake noises
If your brakes are squealing or making a grinding noise when you are using them, they may need replacement or adjustment. Squealing noises result from wear indicators that come into contact with the brake rotor when your brake pads are worn. Take your car in for service as soon as you start hearing squealing. Otherwise, the squealing will progress into grinding, which means the brakes have ground through the wear indicators and into the rotors. [...]
Keep reading to learn how to avoid skidding and regain control if you find yourself in a skidding or hydroplaning situation.
Why do cars skid in rainy conditions?
When it isn’t raining, oil and grease build up on the road and are kept in a liquid state thanks to the sun beating down. When it begins to rain, the oil and grease float to the top of the water and create a slick surface- meaning the roads are the most slippery within the first half hour after the rain starts. As the rain continues, the oil and grease are washed away down the drains. It is at this point, when standing water has accumulated, that the chance of hydroplaning increases.
When your car hydroplanes, it means your tires have risen up on [...]
While our lives and our car seem to always be on the go, the moments when we stop are just as, if not more, important. But how much do you know about your car brakes and when they need to be changed? Stop what you’re doing and learn the basics now so you can continue your carefree cruising later.
How do car brakes work?
A typical brake system has disk brakes in the front and either disk or drum brakes in the rear that are connected by a system of tubes and hoses linking the brake at each of the wheels to a master cylinder.
When a driver presses the brake pedal, they are pushing against a plunger in the master cylinder, forcing brake fluid through the tubes and hoses to the braking unit at [...]
Your tires may not be the flashiest things on your car, but they are some of the most important for both safety and functionality. Wondering when and how you should be rolling with their changes? Here’s your crash course on everything tires to help you out when it comes to tire replacement.
How long will my tires last?
The life of tires can vary significantly due to a number of factors including their design, your driving habits, the climate, the road conditions and the care that’s put into them. That said, a good threshold to consider is five years. After five years of driving on tires, you should have them inspected every year by a professional. Even if they remain in good condition, tires should be [...]