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57 posts categorized "Tires"

June 16, 2014

Bad Driving Costs You Money: Drive Smart To Save $$$!

Did you know that practicing good driving habits can save you money? As you and your family hit the road this summer, you can save money by the mile with these cost-saving driving tips.

According to research presented by such sources as the Department of Energy, Safe Motorist, and Earth Easy, the average driver who follows these tips could save from $675 to $1582 per year based on a national average of 25 miles per gallon and an average number of 15,000 miles driven within the United States.

Many thanks to Michelin for summarizing all the info into the easy to read infographic below!

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June 06, 2014

Tire Safety for Summer Road Trips

Road_trip-thinkstock-122584104_sSummer is here, which means that families across the country are starting to make plans for their summer road trip adventures. If you'll be taking an extended road trip in the next few months, we've got some safety tips to make sure your tires are ready to roll.

 

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June 05, 2014

Replacing Two New Tires: Do they Go in Front or Back?

Check_tread_worn_tires-Thinkstock-178634798Traditional automotive maintenance recommendations suggest changing all four tires at once when they reach the end of their useful life. And that makes perfect sense when tires have been rotated carefully and have worn evenly throughout their lifespan.

But sometimes, a driver may only be able to change two: maybe because poor alignment or improper inflation has caused two tires to wear dramatically differently from the other two, or because an unrepairable flat in one tire requires replacing a pair to keep the vehicle stable.  And when that happens, where do you install the better pair? Do new tires go in the front or rear?

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June 03, 2014

This Dashboard Light Could Save Your Life!

TPMS_dashboard_indicatorDo you know what this dashboard light means? It is your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) telling you that one (or more) of your tires is dangerously under-inflated.

Under-inflated tires are estimated to cause thousands of car crashes and hundreds of deaths each year, yet 42 percent of drivers still can’t identify the TPMS vehicle dashboard icon, and 1 in 10 surveyed admit to having intentionally ignored a TPMS warning and continued to drive, according to survey results from Schrader International.

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June 02, 2014

AskPatty Joins Cooper Tire’s #Supermoms To Learn About Tire Safety

Cooper_Tires_SuperMoms_CS5_2437Cooper Tires recently invited AskPatty to join a group of #SuperMoms in Texas, where we spent a long day at their test center near San Antonio, driving an assortment of tires under a variety of conditions. This is the second year we’ve participated in their #SuperMoms program, an event designed to inform women bloggers about tire safety in a fun and educational environment.

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April 04, 2014

Michelin Introduces A New Type Of Tires For Better Stopping -- No Matter What!

Michelin-Premier-AS-Test-Track-Braking-1hWhen it comes to stopping our cars, the first thing most people think of are brakes, but that’s only partly correct: Brakes stop wheels. TIRES stop the car. Tires, shmires, right?

Think again: Under ordinary driving, the average commuter stops 40,000 times a year, and our tires serve us so well under the best circumstances we don’t give them much thought. But throw in some icy or snowy winter weather, or a few spring or fall rainstorms, and suddenly, we’re asking our tires to perform adequately under the worst circumstances. And when they’re worn, these conditions subtract even more from their performance potential.

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October 08, 2013

Using Mobile Devices to Research Automotive Purchases

Mobile-devices-Thinkstock-166107706In an automotive-focused study of “connected” consumers performed last year, the J.D. Power and Associates 2012 New Autoshopper Study showed that 79 percent of new-vehicle buyers used the internet to research their vehicle purchase, and one in five new-vehicle buyers use the internet via tablets and smartphones as part of their automotive shopping process.

“Access to new-vehicle information through the internet and apps -- obtained via personal computers, smartphones, and tablets -- is having a greater impact on many aspects of the purchase decision than ever before,” said Arianne Walker, senior director, automotive media and marketing solutions at J.D. Power and Associates. Among “connected” consumers who use a smartphone as part of their research, 59 percent do so at the dealership to access vehicle pricing, model, and inventory information, as well as to compare vehicles.

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August 09, 2013

Winners Announced in Bridgestone’s “Teens Drive Smart” Video Contest

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More than 8000 votes have been tallied, the judges conferred, and thanks to Bridgestone, college just got a little cheaper (okay, not just a little cheaper, thousands cheaper) for three students. Did you vote for your favorite “Teens Drive Smart” video? Be sure to check out the following winners.

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July 10, 2013

Tire Review: Goodyear Eagles Are Like Track Shoes For Your Car

Goodyear-Eagle-audi-A4-QuattroA tire is a tire is a tire, right? With the exception of tire folks and performance drivers or enthusiasts, probably the vast majority of drivers feel this way. Yet tires are one of the most important components of our vehicles, and unfortunately one of the most undervalued and least understood. I'm ashamed to admit that even though I’ve been a mechanic for my entire adult life, it is only recently that I have come to really appreciate the science behind, and the vast differences between, those big black round rubber things that we literally entrust our lives to each and every time we get in our cars.

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June 06, 2013

SoCal Girl Takes on Winter Driving at the Nitto Ride 'N Drive Event

NITTO-Winter-Ride-N-Drive-2013-groupBy Sherice Bellefeuille

A few months ago, I went to Salt Lake City, Utah, to participate in a Nitto Ride 'n Drive media event that being held at Miller Motorsports Park. I didn’t know what to expect, but I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised during my experience. Even though this was a winter driving event, because this week is tire safety awareness week, I feel it is a good time to share what I learned there.

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