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Snow Tires vs Regular Tires

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Niles Tire Service Blog |

Source:  Cars.About.com “Five Questions(and answers) about Winter Tires” Q: What makes snow tires different from regular tires? A: Snow tires (also known as winter tires) have tread patterns specifically designed to dig down and bite into snow and ice, plus they are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, allowing the tire to better conform to the surface of the road. (Regular tires tend to get hard and brittle in cold temperatures.) As a result, winter tires keep a better grip on snowy and icy surfaces than regular all-season or summer tires. Grip is critical — not just to avoid getting stuck, but to ensure that the car can stop and steer. Life-saving safety technologies such as anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and all-wheel-drive cannot do their jobs if the tires can’t maintain their grip on the road surface. Q: Can I put snow tires on just the drive wheels of my car? A: Putting just two snow tires on your car is a bad idea. If you have a front-wheel-drive car and put snow tires on the front only, the back wheels won’t have anywhere near as much grip as the front wheels. This will make the car much more likely to spin out while braking or cornering. Likewise, if you put snow tires on the just back wheels of a rear-wheel-drive car, the wheels that do the steering won’t grip as well as those that provide the power, so the car may not respond when the steering wheel is turned — it will simply plow straight ahead. Always install snow tires as a full set of four. Click here to view entire article...

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NADA: 16.94 million new cars to be sold in 2015

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Niles Tire Service Blog |

  Source:  Modern Tire Dealer “NADA: 16.94 million new cars to be sold in 2015” November 18, 2014   NADA: 16.94 million new cars to be sold in 2015 The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) forecasts 16.94 million new cars and light trucks will be purchased or leased in the United States in 2015, up from the 16.4 million projected for 2014. Szakaly says that new-car sales rising above 17 million units in 2015 would require a ramp up in incentives and an increase in new-car purchases by millennial shoppers above what has occurred over the past two years. With nearly seven weeks remaining this year, NADA says its original sales forecast of 16.4 million new-cars and light-trucks for 2014 remains on target with an expected healthy finish in sales in November and December. GDP will grow at 2.1% in 2014, with inflation remaining well tamed as the year...

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AAA: Tips for Driving in Snow

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Niles Tire Service Blog |

Source:  AAA “Tips for Driving in Snow” Accelerate and decelerate slowly. Applying the gas slowly to accelerate is the best method for regaining traction and avoiding skids. Don’t try to get moving in a hurry. And take time to slow down for a stoplight. Remember: It takes longer to slow down on icy roads. Drive slowly. Everything takes longer on snow-covered roads. Accelerating, stopping, turning – nothing happens as quickly as on dry pavement. Give yourself time to maneuver by driving slowly. The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds. This increased margin of safety will provide the longer distance needed if you have to stop. Know your brakes. Whether you have antilock brakes or not, the best way to stop is threshold breaking. Keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm, steady pressure on the brake pedal. Don’t stop if you can avoid it. There’s a big difference in the amount of inertia it takes to start moving from a full stop versus how much it takes to get moving while still rolling. If you can slow down enough to keep rolling until a traffic light changes, do it. Don’t power up hills. Applying extra gas on snow-covered roads just starts your wheels spinning. Try to get a little inertia going before you reach the hill and let that inertia carry you to the top. As you reach the crest of the hill, reduce your speed and proceed down hill as slowly as possible. Don’t stop going up a hill. There’s nothing worse than trying to get moving up a hill on an icy road. Get some inertia going on a flat roadway before you take on the hill. Stay home. If you really don’t have to go out, don’t. Even if you can drive well in the snow, not everyone else can. Don’t tempt fate: If you don’t have somewhere you have to be, watch the snow from...

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Winter Driving Tips

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Niles Tire Service Blog |

Source:  AAA “Winter Driving Tips Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks. Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage. Make certain your tires are properly inflated. Never mix radial tires with other tire types. Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up. If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand). Always look and steer where you want to go. Use your seat belt every time you get into your...

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