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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Summer 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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Traditional 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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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.
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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Cooper 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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When 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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In 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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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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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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By 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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