Nobody ever looks forward to a flat tire, and nobody ever says "well, that was a really good time" after having one. You can at least minimize the damage to your tire and danger to yourself, though.
Flats vs Blowouts
If you get a blowout, you'll know about it right away. Sometimes the tire can fail dramatically, with a bang as loud as a shotgun going off. Other times, it might just be a loss of air and a sudden change in your car's handling, followed by vibration, noise and a pull to one side. If it's a front tire that fails, your car might be a real handful to drive until you can get to a stop.
In either case, your first job is to pull off the road as quickly (but safely!) as you can. Don't jam on the brakes or make any sudden mo ...[more]
In a perfect world, all four tires would wear out at the same time. In the same perfect world, everyone would be able to afford a whole set of tires all at once. Unfortunately, things often just do not work out that way.
Sometimes you may just have to replace tires as you can afford them, one or two at a time, but there are some important things to bear in mind if you have to do that.
If you can only afford to replace one or two tires, it’s essential that you go with tires that are identical (or at least as close as possible) to the car’s remaining tires. That means that internal construction, size, tread pattern and design should be close to the same. Don’t mix winter tires with all-season tires, don’t mix run-flat tires with ...[more]
Would you ride around town without your seat belt on? Would you drive in a thunderstorm with no windshield wipers? Would you start a trip with your gas light on? The logical answer to these vehicle safety questions is no. Some safety precautions are easier to identify than others, but could the safety features you do not consider every day be the most important? Tires are one of the most important safety features of your vehicle, yet they are not always considered as such.
Having the proper tread on your tires is the only way to take preventative action against hydroplaning and losing control of your vehicle on slick terrain. The knowledgeable staff at Lil' Tire Shoppe Tire Pros understands the importance of tire safety and encourages all customers to stop in and learn more about wh ...[more]
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