Tire Advice

Right Tires for Rainy Road Conditions

Whether someone lives in Rhode Island or Illinois, safe driving can lead to better insurance rates. Insurance companies prefer drivers who are good drivers because they have to pay less for claims in the case of accidents, and most people prefer their loved ones to be safe and sound on the road.

Rainy Conditions

One of the conditions that every driver has to face is rainy weather conditions. If someone lives in a place that is prone to have large periods of constant rainy weather, and they spend a lot of time commuting, it is a good idea to understand what makes a good rain tire and how to choose the best one.

The primary dangers from driving in wet weather come from when the vehicle loses traction with the road. This can happen in a few ways, either through a skid from a sudden stop or a sudden swerve. Another way that the vehicle can lose traction with the road is through something called hydroplaning.

Sometimes in rainy road conditions there can be standing pools of water and the tire can completely loose connection to the surface of the road if the vehicle is traveling at a high enough rate of speed, like freeway driving for instance. The tire then behaves as if the water is the surface of the road, and the likelihood of serious accident can be quite high since control of a fast moving vehicle depends on its contact with the road.

First and foremost, one should look at the weather records for the area in which they live. They need to compare this record with their own individual driving experiences. If they find that their driving in wet weather adds up to a significant portion of time, one should consider purchasing rain tires.

Next, one should examine the wear on one’s own tires. This will give the individual a good point of reference. If the tires are relatively wear free, chances are that person does a lot of driving on surface streets, and not off road. Surface streets are where the driver needs good rain tires.

Driving in the rain can be a huge bummer

When considering a replacement tire, there are some factors to keep in mind. Expert help at an automotive store or car dealership is going to provide most of the answers that someone might need. Tire ratings can be a little confusing because of the information that is needed. Tires are needed for all kinds of conditions, and they need to be rated for speeds, loads, and durability, and not just their performance in varying weather conditions. What someone needs to look for in a good rain tire are deep grooves. The deep grooves allow water to be propelled away from the tire. These tires are all terrain tires must keep their grip and respond well. Usually these kinds of tires are rated at “b” or higher.

The only real drawback to rain tires is that because of the deeper grooves, they may not last as a tire rated for sunny driving conditions. But the piece of mind that comes with safety should outweigh any thought about the slight reduction in wear ability.

Posted by Mike - October 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

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How to Pick a Quality Car Tire

Cars and Their Tires

Cars are how people get where they need to go, and maintaining one’s car is a sure way of making sure not to get stranded at the most inopportune time. One of the biggest components of a car is the tires, and ensuring the tires are of high quality is just as important as making sure they are properly maintained. Quality tires can vary depending on the type of vehicle they are used on. Top quality tires for a sports car are obviously going to be different that a good set of tires intended for an off-road vehicle. When choosing tires for a vehicle it is also important to take into consideration the type and amount of use the vehicle will sustain. For example, the environment the tires will be subject to, the distance they routinely travel, the vehicle type, the road conditions, and the desired lifespan all play a vital role in deciding what tire brand and type to purchase for a car.

Quality Tires

Picking a quality tire often can start with a good brand. Some quality tire brands for daily driver passenger vehicles include Goodyear, Michelin, Dunlop and Bridgestone. These brands offer quality tires for use on everyday cars and won’t bust the bank in price. There are also other higher quality tire brands that may cost more, but provide even better tires that often are used in more punishing environments than daily driver tires. These brands can include Pirelli, Falken, Cooper and Toyo. These brands typically are more expensive, but may provide a longer life, more reliability, and improved road performance.

Considerations and Who to Ask

When choosing a tire there are many elements to help decide what tire needs to be had. Environment and weather takes a very large role. A car that is subject to snowy conditions in the winter time is going to need a different kind of tire than a car that is subject to arid and hot conditions that one would find in a desert setting. The type of vehicle also plays a part. A sedan is going to need a different tire in comparison to a truck, and a sports car that is subject to performance demands is going to differ from a car that travels off-road. When trying to decide what tire is needed, it may be best to consult a profession. A tire retailer can assist in deciding what tire type a car will need as long as they know what vehicle the tire is going on and what the driving habits of the car’s owner are like.

Why to Choose Quality

There are many tires and brands out there that skimp on quality to provide a car owner lower costs, but sacrificing quality for price is not always the best solution. An important component such as a tire needs to be made with the best materials and manufacturing methods so that a vehicle is less subject to flats, blowouts, and other dangerous situations which may place driver and passengers at risk. Also a tire with lower quality tends not to last as long as a higher quality tire, so even though the initial price may be lower, having to replace the tires more often will tend to cost about the same.

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Posted by Mike - April 22, 2012 at 8:30 am

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7 Easy Tips to Save you money – Online Tire Buying Guide

Its very important to shop around nowadays to get the best price possible on new tires for sale. Gone are the days that you spend 2 solid hours going through the yellow pages through the new tires in the auto section my friend.

With the advent of modern technology you can now grab a coffee* (*feel free to replace with your favourite beverage, steady on there beer is not a bargain hunters friend), and sit down in front of your PC, laptop or even mobile phone and search for a replacement tire.

Technology is indeed a wonderful thing and now we can browse many websites and search engine comparison tools to get a bargain. But please take heed there are several things that you need to do in order to take advantage of this new wave of technology.

Tire buying guide pointers in no particular order:

7 Tire Buying Tips

1) Believe it nor not, not all tire companies have a website! So its important to once you have completed your research and decided on a tire short list that you price around a few local dealers with no online presence to get the cost of all the tires on your short list. Then explain to them that your not buying from them because they don’t have a website, er.. last bit was a joke.

2) Complete your research to see what factors you need to consider before looking for tires on sale.

3) Generate your shortlist based on your driving conditions, environment and budget

4) Make sure the companies online offer a complete service, and a total delivered price. Some companies offer arrangements with local fitters to help you get the tires fitted.

5) Total price – This has to include everything that you will pay for the tire, delivery, fitting, warranty included or not, if faulty return procedure? etc… This due diligence is very important because that super uber tire you just bought that has exploded on day two needs to be replaced is this going to cost you an arm and a leg to send back off to manufacturer? Some companies offer a pickup service and a return to base return policy that wont cost you a penny.

6) Compare like for like – Sounds obvious but only compare tires based on the same factors, like for like basis. You wouldn’t compare an orange to a lemon and if you do you may just buy one! Never compare tires based on price alone as this is not a factor of quality.

7) Price match/Beat. Once your shortlist is compiled then go through the list and write next to each tire what it cost (total price). Then if there are any companies that offer a special delivery price or warranty or any other feature that you find is essential to you then call them up and ask them to beat your best price. Don’t be shy as you can save quite a lot of money doing this as I can testify. All the garage can say is no. Then politely ask them if they will match your best price and you will go ahead with the purchase. More often than not they will wilt and agree, try it next time.

I hope these points help you save dollars off your next purchase and give you the confidence to buy tires online. You can often save a lot of money but its important that you do your research before committing to this approach. Not everything online is cheaper-

Even though tires are a bulky heavy purchase it doesn’t mean that you cant purchase tires online.

To read more tips and all about tires for sale please read the rest of this information blog

Posted by Mike - January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

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Buying The Right Winter Tires

Specialist winter tires sales peak during the colder climates, just like every winter season. Buying the right tire is crucial for your car, and this is a decision that should be largely dependent on what conditions you’ll be dealing with exactly. Does your area tend to get thick layers of snow, or do you have to deal more with icy surfaces (e.g. roads)?

Benefits of Winter Tires over Snow Chains

One of the great benefits of using winter tires is that you can fit them at the start of the winter season, and then revert back to your usual tires when spring hits. This is not always the case with snow chains. If you attach snow chains to standard winter tires to gain traction when driving over snow or ice, you may have to keep removing and attaching them time and time again if the weather is not consistent. Winter / Snow Tires sales have certainly gone up over time as people are realizing they’re far superior to snow chains, and can be used every year. On top of that, the effectiveness of such a tire is a lot higher than that of snow chains.

It’s always worth focusing on quality over price, as having the right tires really comes down a lot to safety. You want to be able to drive at a safe pace, and break when appropriate, right? Avoid low cost winter tires, you want some that will not only last you many years to come, but will be as effective as possible when in use. Snow chains will usually slow you down to about 50km/hour and not be particularly fuel efficient.

Increased Winter Tires Sales

One reason for the increase in winter tires sales in 2011 is that the varieties available for online purchase have become huge. There is now pretty much something for everyone. There may be some good tires to pick from in local garages, but as with anything you truly need, it’s important to shop for the perfect choice. Tires that are just right for your specific wheels and local weather conditions, are likely to be found among big varieties on the web. Otherwise, you may find yourself either having to visit multiple garages before finding the right tires for your car, or being sold tires that aren’t 100% right for you.

Keep in mind that snow tires can be a legal requirement in many countries, especially within Europe. This would explain the large quantity of winter tire sales among Sweden, Finland, Germany, and many other European countries. Even if not a legal requirement, you should absolutely have them for the sake of safety, in the same respect that you would have seat belts.

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Posted by Mike - November 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

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Top 7 Rated Tires in Miami

Buying Tires in Miami

It’s no big secret that buying new tires is not the most fun activity to do in Miami. But ask any Miami dweller if they would like to save some bucks on tires and there is always a universal response. Who does not want to to buy cheap tires in Miami?

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Is cheap nasty?

  • The quality of tires you purchase for your automobile can determine the amount of money you spend on gas.
  • Tires also determine how fast you drive.

Some cheap tires in Miami are known to slow you down while others are known for holding up consistent speeds that exceed 150 mph. To simplify, there is a variety of tires in a wide range of sizes and some are manufactured to simply transport you from one point to another, while others are manufactured to give you lots more.

Let’s have a look at some of the important factors that you need to consider before settling on a pair of wheels and tires.

 Features of Tires

Cheap tires in Miami

To navigate the minefield of buying cheap tires in Miami you need to assess your budget and the features you can or cannot afford.

Most buyers of new cars spend a good time looking around Miami when looking to purchase the perfect car for your wallet, so why not for your tires?

Even though at times, all that you’re looking to do is swap your old and worn out tires for a brand new set, it’s important to learn the different characteristics of a tire as they can save you money in the long run. Each tire and tire brand offer a multitude of types of tire. Ranging from  high performance tires, mud tires, to general everyday tires there is a tire for every budget. Miami is awash with different styles of vehicle and there are twice the number of tires to suit.

According to customer research, many drivers go for all-season tires which offer a strong grip on the road all year round, despite not increasing the miles per gallon. If you plan on driving your car on extreme road conditions, then you would do well to purchase tires in Miami that are designed for appropriate traction on baked dry roads or wet roadways.

If you would like to buy a pair of wheels and cheap tires in Miami that are bespoke for extreme conditions you should be on the lookout for the severe weather icon, situated on the sidewall. What sets these tires apart from the rest of the bunch is the fact that they provide much greater traction than all-season tires; these are good for a quick dodge (especially for animal enthusiasts that abhor road kill). No matter what type of tires you settle on in the end, it is recommended that you carry out a bit of research on the features that would be best suited for the terrain you aim to drive on.

The Longevity Tire

Just like everything else that will cost you a pretty penny, you need to understand what factors determine the tread life of your tire. It is a common thing for manufacturers to give rough estimates of how many miles the tire tread can handle before needing a replacement. However, there is a plethora of factors that determine the duration of the treads on your cheap tires in Miami such as, temperatures in which the tires are driven in, the elevation of roads they are driven on, how curved the roads are is there a lot of gasoline spilt on the road.

All-season tires have the most longevity at between 40,000 and 100,000 miles with high performance tires coming in at a far-flung second with longevity of not more than 70,000 miles. At the bottom of the pile are the top-performance tires. The fact that they don’t come with a warranty ought to be a give away that they don’t last long and at a maximum life of 25,000 miles, who’s arguing? It is important to determine, how long you want for the cheap tires in Miami to last after determining that the tire has all the features you need. You also need to give plenty of thought to what other factors might affect how long the tire lasts.

Size of Tires

No matter what anyone says, size matters. Handling and suspension components are designed by vehicle manufacturers with tire size and the factory wheel in mind. One of the main ways to change how your tire handles and performs is by changing your tire size. However, before you undertake to make any tire size changes, it is recommended that you take a look at your car manual to find out the manufacturer’s recommendations. Unfortunately, some customers purchase big tire sizes in order to flaunt 22 inch and 24 inch chrome rims without fully understanding the impact that this will have on their driving.

As much as rims and performance cheap tires in Miami go well together, you would be well advised to consult an expert before making any major tire-size changes to find out how that would impact your driving experience. Just because the tire selection looks great in the showroom does not mean that 24 inch tires and 22 inch wheels are best suited for your vehicles turning radius, on-road handling and suspension components.

Tire Speed Rating

When it comes to driving speed is everything and tires are rated depending on how fast they go. Usually factory specifications will give you all the information you need to know on what type of tire ought to be fixed on your Toyota or Chevy.

Performance tires will give you a good grip on the road while offering the same benefits as all-season tires without you having to compromise on all-weather capabilities. They usually have their rating placed on the side and could range from H to V.

On the other hand high-performance tires sacrifice performance in snowy and icy conditions, so as to offer optimum performance in dry and wet conditions. High-performance tires usually have a variety of ratings from V to W, Y and Z. depending on the letter of rating these tires can sustain speeds of between 148 to 186 miles per hour.

In purchasing a tire based on its performance you should always remember that the more the tire is inclined to performance the shorter the life span of the tread will be.

Price of Cheap Tires in Miami

The size of your pocket determines your purchasing power. When buying cheap tires in Miami, price will determine not only where you get your tires from but also the kind of tires that you will buy. A multitude of online shops exist on the internet, tempting you with discounted tires and customer service that would be hard to refuse. However, you need to find out how much your local tire shop will charge you for having the tires balanced and mounted. Some local tires shops will add on extra charges to this service, so you need to find out the total cost before hand.

If you choose not to purchase your tires online, you need to be aware that not all tire business shops stock all the brands, so you have to either make a compromise or do some shopping around before finally settling down on a tire that comes with a friendly price without sacrificing on quality. It would definitely help for you to read some reviews before making a decision.

7 Top Rated Tires


We have compiled a list of the top 7 tires in Miami below.

1 Continental Conti Pro Contact SSR
2 Bridgestone Potenza S-04 Pole Position
3 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT
4 Bridgestone Potenza RE050A II RFT
5 Hankook VENTUS V12 EVO K110
6 Continental ExtremeContact DWS
7 Kumho Ecsta AST KU25

If you are fond of car rims, you may want to find out whether your local auto repair shop has chrome rims and whether they offer rims and tire packages. If they do, you’ll probably get cheap rims that are custom wheels.

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Posted by Michael - November 1, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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