If you’ve taken that first step in winter safety and have invested in a new set of winter tires, congratulations! Independent Tire Dealers wants to share few things with you that you are going to want to remember about your winter tires, especially if this is your first time making the transition.
· You are likely to notice a change in the feel and sound of your tires. Winter tires have more of a grip on the road, so they are likely to sound louder than all-season tires, depending on the tires you buy, and on your vehicle. If you add winter chains or studs, the volume of the sound will increase. Keep in mind that this is just the sound of the traction, and that you will be grateful for that sound in the middle of the next winter storm.
Winter driving can be a cause of anxiety for even the most experienced driver. Poor road conditions can happen suddenly, and underestimating hazardous driving scenarios is a lead cause in most winter accidents. There are some steps, from the start of your daily commute to the end, which can help ease some of that anxiety. Keeping your vehicle well prepared and knowing a few hazard prevention tips may become the difference between a stress free winter and finding yourself in a hazardous situation without the tools to get out.
Starting out for the day means making sure you have some essentials in your vehicle for emergencies and prepping your vehicle for the cold. If you need to warm up your vehicle in the morning to defrost the windows and get the heater running, keep in mind that all you need is about five minutes, max. Longer than that and the constant idle may put unnecessary strain on your engine and end up using excess gas. Keep your doors locked and a spare key on ...[more]
Another winter storm coming? Before you rush to the store for the last gallon of milk and loaf of bread, you’ll want to be sure your car is ready to battle the elements. Follow these tips before venturing out into the winter wonderland.
- Check your Cooling System. Have your mechanic check your hoses, belts and anti-freeze. A weakened hose or belt can break and leave you stranded, or a weak solution of anti-freeze can ice up and damage your cooling system. Hoses shouldn’t have cracks or become softened. In extreme temperature drops, keep an eye on your hoses and belts, as low temperatures can cause additional breakage or weak spots.
- Check Your Battery. Make sure your car's battery connection is clean, tight and corro ...[more]
We know you've heard it before, but it's critical enough to repeat: the tires you choose for your vehicle are important. It is critical to understand that the tires on your vehicle are the one single link to the road surface. To keep the rest of your vehicle performing at its peak, your tires are the very foundation of your vehicle.
Different quality tires will last for different periods of time, depending on wear and tear. Regular maintenance is key to longer tread life, but tread wears down over time and with use. Once you get to the point where you need to replace your tires, there are several choices that you can make. The easiest choice is get the exact size and make that originally came on the vehicle, when it was new. Beyond that, you might consider going to a better quality tire or ...[more]
Is Your Vehicle Ready For Holiday Travel? Many people have concerns about taking their cars on long trips, especially if their cars are getting on in years or mileage. The truth is … long trips are actually easier on your car than day-to-day driving, but a breakdown far from home can really ruin your fun. A few simple checks will stave off many common problems. As with most things, it's best to start early. Here is a simple check list for preparing your car for Holiday travel.
Two to four weeks before you go
- Get any major repairs done. If your car needs major repair or maintenance, do it at least one month, before you travel. That will allow plenty of time for any problems rela ...[more]
The weather out there is getting cooler, and fall is definitely on its way out the door. This typically means one big thing for most drivers- It’s time to start considering your winter tire options. Depending on your typical commute and driving habits, as well as the climate in which you live, you have a wide range of choices for winter tires. Some things to factor in are snowfall or rainfall, road conditions, and temperature. Winter tires come in all sizes and price points, so there is something that will fit every driver’s needs out there.
· For Rainy/ Cold Climates- If you live in an area that doesn’t get much snowfall, where winters are wet and cold, you may want to consider All Season Tires or tires with specialized tread t ...[more]
Are you ready for fall and winter driving? Changing leaves and snow days can be exciting, but also bring about new dangers for drivers. To keep you and your loved ones safe this season, there are special circumstances to remember when driving in the colder months. More accidents happen in the winter and fall because drivers ignore safety precautions. Here are some tips and important guidelines to follow to prevent common accidents:
Tips to Remember for Fall and Winter:
1. Check your tires. Your tires should be properly inflated, balanced, and have enough tread to avoid loss of traction. Cold weather and temperature fluctuations can decrease tire pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge handy in your vehicle at all times and check frequently. If you can, invest into s ...[more]
Bridgestone Firestone worked with IMSA and SCCA championship winning race car driver Peter Cunningham (also a three-time national ice driving champion), to develop these tips for safe winter driving.
• During winter months, keep abreast of weather reports in your area. If snow or ice is predicted, make plans to leave early or arrive later. An alarm clock set to an earlier time can be a good friend in helping you avoid difficulties.
• If you can move a night trip to daylight hours, do so. Not only is visibility better, but if your vehicle is stalled, you are more likely to receive prompt assistance during the daytime.
• Prepare your vehicle for winter driving; use this checklist as a guideline:
1. Check windshield wiper blades to make sure they work properly. In some areas, snow blades are an effective alternative to conventional wiper bl ...[more]