There are a whole lot of choices when it comes to tires, but most drivers opt for all-season tires. There are, of course, plenty of reasons why they’re so popular!
All-season tires are really the best choice for most drivers in Alabama. They don’t perform well in more than about a ½” of snow, but that’s seldom a concern for us in our part of the world anyway. All-season tires are designed for traction on wet or dry pavement and have a reputation for performing well in rain. Their tread pattern is designed to evacuate water away from the tire’s contact patch so there’s always a solid footprint that’s connected to the pavement, helping to avoid hydroplaning.
All-season tires are available at all price points and all s ...[more]
- Tread depth is the surest indicator. States mandate a minimum of 2/32” tread depth, but really anything under 4/32” (1/8”) is too low. Here’s an easy way to check your tread depth. Insert a penny into a tread groove, Lincoln’s head down. If any of Abe’s hair is covered, your tread is at 2/32” or better. Now, try the same test with a quarter. Does the tread reach Washington’s head? That’s a depth of 4/32”. Then, one more time with the penny&helli ...[more]
- Inflation Levels: There’s hardly anything that’s more important to your tires than proper inflation. Underinflated tires will wear prematurely, drive and handle poorly and cost you more money in terms of fuel economy due to their increased rolling resistance. Worse, underinflated tires generate more heat, which breaks down the tire’s internal structure and raises the chances of tire failure. Check your recommended inflation levels, usually on the driver’s door jamb, and regular ...[more]
Check your tire pressure monthly. Tires deflate for a number of reasons. Most obviously, if you puncture a tire with a nail or from hitting a pothole or curb you may develop a slow leak, if you don't blow your tire completely. Tires also lose pressure when the temperature drops. Tires can lose 1 psi of pressure for every ten degree drop in temperature.
You can usually find the correct tire pressure for your tires somewhere on the rim of the tire. If you don't see the required pressure on the tire, check inside the driver's side door for the manufacturer's sticker. If the original tires are still on the car the required psi can be found on the sticker.
Poorly inflated tires cause the tires to carry more weight than intended. This causes more friction and the build-up of damaging heat.
Have your tires aligned and balanced at the first sign of wear. Depending on ...[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.