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October 14, 2016

October Doesn't Have to be Scary: The TPMS Light


Do 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.

If you see the light, don't be scared! But you should make an immediate effort to check the pressure in all four tires manually using a tire pressure gauge, or swing by a local tire shop and ask them to check it for you. Many shops, including Firestone Tire and Auto, will perform this service for you and inflate them to their correct pressure as a courtesy.

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October 12, 2016

October Doesn't Have to be Scary: Getting a Flat Tire


A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and the majority of Americans (68 percent) indicated that changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire.

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September 26, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Prepare for a Flat Tire!


Even if you have a roadside assistance program, be sure to have your teen driver practice changing a tire, so she will be prepared in case of emergency.

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of drivers on the road today have experienced a flat tire, and the majority of Americans (68 percent) indicated that changing a tire on the side of a busy road is the biggest safety hazard of a flat tire. Make sure your student isn’t one of them!

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September 23, 2016

#BackToSchool #SafetyTips: Tire Tips For Your Teen Driver


Take the time to teach your teen about proper tire care.

Tires are the only part of a vehicle making direct contact with the road, so it’s critical to make sure they are road-ready. Bridgestone's safety slogan encourages drivers to "inflate, rotate, and evaluate."

• Inflate: To check tire inflation, use a tire pressure gauge to make sure your tires have the proper inflation pressure. A lot of people mistakenly think that the correct inflation pressure is on the tire’s sidewall, but that’s not correct. What’s listed on the sidewall is the maximum inflation pressure for the tire, and not necessarily what’s appropriate for the load carrying capacity of a particular vehicle. To find the proper tire inflation pressure for your vehicle, refer to the placard that’s located in the driver’s side doorjamb or your vehicle owner’s manual. Tire pressure should be checked at least once each month, as tires can lose one psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure under normal operation. Also, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, tires lose one psi. Proper tire inflation pressure is critical for safety, maximum performance and fuel efficiency.

• Rotate: Have your tires rotated and balanced every 5,000 to 7,000 miles (check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific vehicle manufacturer recommendations).

• Evaluate: Continually evaluate your tire’s tread depth to make sure you have enough traction to grip the road. The penny test is a simple way to do this. Just place a penny upside down in the tire’s tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you should be good to go. If not, it may be time for a new set of tires.

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August 23, 2016

What's the Deal with Nitrogen in Tires?

NitrogenTiresBlogMost times, when we go to get our oil changed or tires serviced, we’re offered nitrogen for our tires for an upcharge. If you’ve ever wondered if you should say yes, here are some facts to help you make your decision.

Nitrogen is commonly used to inflate tires that take a beating: NASCAR and Formula1 racing tires, heavy-duty farm equipment tires, military vehicle tires. The reason they use nitrogen is that it performs better at holding air pressure (providing your tires and rims are in good shape). Racing teams like 100% nitrogen because the gas doesn’t support the presence of moisture or combustion. In short, it helps keep the tires from overheating.

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July 08, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Acadia National Park, Maine


Dedicated in 1916 to become the first eastern national park, Acadia National Park in Maine is built on land donated by early 20th century visionaries. Most of the park is on Mount Desert Island, a patchwork of parkland, private property, and seaside villages. Sea and mountain meet at this park, which is home to the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast as well as coastal landscapes. Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park have remained in the center of Native American Wabanaki traditional homelands for thousands of years. Today, visitors come to Acadia's sacred landscape to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and view the scenery, plants, birds and animals.

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June 03, 2016

8 Things You Should Know About Tires

8-things-you-should-know-about-tiresHow long should tires last?

Any reputable tire retailer will have knowledgeable people behind the counter to help you when it’s time to choose new tires. They will look up your car in their database to check the wheel and tire size, then tell you what options they have in stock for your vehicle.

It helps to have some knowledge before you get to that point. As part of National Tire Safety Awareness week, AskPatty recommends that you should know the type of tires you need, what you may sacrifice by buying cheaper tires, and what you get by going up the price ladder.

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June 02, 2016

#BeTireSmart During 2016 National #TireSafetyWeek -- And All Year!

Phillip_the_tire-national_tire_safety_week-Be_Tire_SmartEach year during the last week of May, the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) promotes the National Tire Safety week #BeTireSmart campaign to raise awareness about the importance of proper tire care. As RMA mascot Phillip the Tire says, "A well maintained tire is a happy tire so Be Tire Smart."

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May 27, 2016

Memorial Day Travel Tips from Michelin and AAA

Memorial_Day_Travel_tipsLow gas prices are fueling the busiest Memorial Day Weekend since 2005 and AAA is forecasting 38 million Americans will be traveling for the holiday weekend this year, with 34 million going by car. 

Of these, AAA expects to rescue nearly 350,000 motorists at the roadside this Memorial Day Weekend, with the primary reasons being flat tires and tire failure, dead batteries, and lockouts. And this is just the beginning of a busy summer season: AAA Projects that more than half of Americans will take a road trip this summer!

Ahead of the official start to the summer road trip season and National Tire Safety Week (May 29 – June 3, 2016), Michelin and AAA have expert safety tips to keep motorists safe on the road this Memorial Day weekend and all summer long.

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