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When to Put on Winter Tires

As our temperatures start to dip and head into the inevitable minus 30 degrees Celsius, there are many pieces of vehicle maintenance that are put off as late as possible, or in some cases, when the snow flies. One of the most common pieces of preparation drivers delay doing is changing over to winter tires, which is a costly, and …

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How Long Should Winter Tires Last?

Most winter tires will last 2 to 4 years. That said, winter tires are like any other replaceable component on your car. The lifespan is directly related to the quality of the tires that you buy and how you use them. Tire construction, rubber softness, UV exposure, and vehicle weight all factor into how long your tires will last. Winter …

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How to Spot Black Ice

One of the most dangerous threats in winter is black ice. Black ice gets its name from the way it looks on asphalt, but it’s actually transparent, which makes it incredibly hard to spot while driving. Black ice appears when the air temperature is around zero degrees and it’s caused by rain that freezes on contact, freezing rain, or rain …

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How To Finance Your Winter Tires

As winter knocks at the door and the days get shorter, it’s important to ensure that your vehicle is prepared for winter, and the first step should be winter tires. But let’s face it, winter tires aren’t cheap and start around $90 a tire and continue upwards from there and exclude any associated fees. However, the MPI Winter Tire Program offers …

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The Flat Out Tire Guide: When to Put on Winter Tires

As our temperatures start to dip and head into the inevitable minus 30 degrees Celsius, there are many pieces of vehicle maintenance that are put off as late as possible, or in some cases, when the snow flies. One of the most common pieces of preparation drivers delay doing is changing over to winter tires, which is a costly, and sometimes deadly mistake. …

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The Flat Out Guide: How to Change a Flat Tire

You need to be prepared for the worst in case you ever experience a flat tire and can’t take advantage of roadside assistance. Everyone-even drivers with run-flat tires-should read this page and become familiar with how to change a flat tire. It’ll give you the information you need to be ready for a flat. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual …

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The Flat Out Tire Guide: What is a Wheel Alignment?

Wheel Alignment – Proper Wheel Alignment Wheel alignment involves adjusting the angles of a vehicle’s wheels so that they are perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other. These adjustments will ensure maximum tire performance and balanced vehicle movement. Misalignment of your wheels can lead to irregular tire wear and will have a major effect on the safety of …

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The Flat Out Tire Guide: Feeling Pressured? The Importance of Correct Tire Pressure

Monitor Your Tire Air Pressure The advancements made in tire technology over the past several decades are impressive. You can choose from tires that are geared toward premium street performance, wet or snowy weather, off-road terrain, and cruising on highways at high speeds. However, with any kind of tire, optimal function relies on tire air pressure being maintained. A properly …

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The Flat Out Tire Guide: Should I Replace All Four Tires at Once?

When it comes time to replace tires, it is recommended that you replace all four tires at once. Replacing all four tires at the same times is the best way to help ensure the best traction and safety possible. Why Replace All Four Tires at Once? Ideally, the consumer wants to save as much money as possible when changing out …

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The Flat Out Tire Guide: When To Change Your Tires

Bald Tires & When to Change Tires When it comes to tires, bald isn’t beautiful-it’s downright dangerous. Bald tires increase the risk of a crash, especially in bad weather. And the frightening truth is that more than 1 out of every 10 vehicles on the road has at least one bald tire. What Is a Bald Tire? The part of …