Five Good Reasons To Choose Radial Tires

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

There are two basic kinds of automobile tires–radial and bias ply tires. If you’ve been shopping for new tires for your car before the worst of the winter weather season begins, you may be confused about the differences between the two types of tires. While both have their benefits, there are a number of good reasons to opt for radial tires, especially if you like in a snowy location. What are radial tires? Radial tires, first created by Michelin Tire Company in 1946, are constructed with the plies (the structural elements that hold the tire together) running perpendicular to the direction of travel. Bias ply tires (as the name implies) are constructed so that the plies run diagonally (on the bias.) Benefits of radial tires 1. Better traction. The cross-cut plies of radials tires allow them to hug the road better, giving you greater traction and maneuverability, a big plus during the winter. The design of a radial tire allows the tread to stay in closer contact with the road than a bias ply tire does. 2. Durability. While the life of your tires depends on a myriad of factors, such as how much you drive, the type of driving you do, your driving style, and how often you put air in your tires, radial tires generally last longer than bias ply tires exposed to the same conditions. 3. Lower fuel consumption. Radial tires also help on gas mileage. By hugging the road better than bias ply tires, they have less drag and, thus, cause your vehicle to use less fuel. 4. Resistance to punctures. The multiple plies in a radial tire make it resistant to punctures by nails, glass and other road debris. The object embedded in the tire has to go through more layers than it would in a bias ply tire before the air would be allowed to escape. 5. Less prone to blow-outs. Radial tires generate less heat than do bias ply tires, because of the steel cables within the radial plies act to dissipate the heat generates by contact with the road. Heat can make a tire unstable and more prone to a blow-out, especially during a sustained highway drive. While radial tires may not be the right choice for every car owner, this type of tire is durable, offers better traction than a bias ply tire, is resistant to punctures and can even help your car get better gas mileage. For more information, talk to a professional about dunlop elite 3 gl1800 tire...

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Keeping America Rolling: 4 Tips For Selecting Used Commercial Trucks

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Uncategorized

If you are one of America’s nearly nine million people employed in trucking-related jobs, you know just how much of what you rely on moves on roads via trucks and semis, and if you drive a truck, you know how vital it is to have a reliable and rugged truck to get the job done. You may work for a large company, or you might be one of the estimated nearly half-million truckers in the United States who own their own rig and earn a living as owner-operators. For you and the companies that use these huge machines, purchasing a semi-truck or box truck is a major investment. Before you add the cost of a trailer, even a day cab with a single axle and lower capacity can run $80,000. A full custom job with plenty of horsepower can easily run to $200,000 or more. These prices are one reason so many drivers turn to dealers who have semi trailers or a good box truck for sale. These trucks from well-known manufacturers are built to deliver several hundred thousand miles of service with good maintenance. This means well-maintained commercial trucks for sale might deliver years of additional use. However, as with any purchase of used vehicles, it is important to carefully evaluate any semi trailers, tractors, or box trucks for sale. Here are 4 tips for use when you are considering the purchase of a used semi or commercial truck: Check the configuration, capacity and horsepower. You want a truck that is going to meet your demands, and it also has to meet the transportation regulations for the area where you will drive it. This is especially important for the axle configuration, whether it is 4×2, 4×4, 6×4 or something else. The efficiency and value of any truck is largely determined by how well it fits the job you need it to do. Review maintenance logs. This is a great place to start once you have the appropriateness of the basic rig identified. You’ll want to carefully examine the level of preventative maintenance and care the truck has received. Check for any overhauls and for regular oil changes. As a small point of verification, compare the oil change date in the log with the stickers showing on the oil and air filters – they should all agree. Look closely at the brake pads. Most companies that have commercial and box trucks for sale will include an inventory checklist, and often include pictures of the brake pads. While the replacement of brake pads is relatively inexpensive, this may be an indication of the trucks overall maintenance history. Stop, look and listen to the engine. If you are an experienced driver, you will know what to look for and listen to. If you are just starting, hire a competent mechanic to help you check for leaks, look for smoke coming from...

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Simple Solutions To Stay Safe As A Stranded Driver In The Heat Of Summer

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

The air conditioner in your car sure is nice when the summer sun is sweltering hot, but the thing is, cars are never as reliable as drivers would like them to be and sometimes, you very well could find yourself stranded in the middle of summer. It is good to know that towing services are always just a phone call away, but while you wait for them to arrive, you should be conscious of the excessive heat you could be exposed to inside of your vehicle. There are a few simple solutions you should keep in mind if you are ever stranded in the summer heat in your vehicle. Stay Hydrated by Continuously Drinking Water Part of being a well-prepared driver in the summer is making sure that you have at least a few bottles of water on hand in your vehicle for a just-in-case situation. This small amount of water will be your saving grace if you are stuck in your car for very long on a hot day. Continuously keep yourself hydrated with water by sipping on what you have available. Keep the Vehicle Ventilated In most situations as a stranded motorist, you would want to keep your doors and windows closed, but in the summer heat, it is crucial to allow air into the car for ventilation. On a day when the temperature outside is around 90 degrees, the heat inside of a car can easily rise to 120 degrees in a matter of 20 minutes or less without ventilation. This scorching heat can be a major threat to you while you are stranded. Roll down the windows, open the doors (if it is safe to do so), and get out of the car if necessary to prevent heat exhaustion. While you may be tempted to run the AC to stay cool, this can actually backfire and cause hot air to blow out of your vents! When a car is parked and idling (or if you don’t have a lot of refrigerant), your vehicle may seize up and overheat because it has to produce enough rpm’s to turn the AC’s compressor. If All Else Fails, Leave Your Vehicle The last thing you may want to do is leave your unattended vehicle on the side of the road after a breakdown, but if it is way too hot to stand, it is best to just lock up your car and try to get a ride from either a taxi or someone you know. This is especially true if you are traveling with pets or someone who is sensitive to heat, such as an elderly individual or a child. Let the towing service know that you have to abandon your car due to the heat and make arrangements to meet them at the car when they arrive if necessary. Any time you find yourself stranded it can be...

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Trading Up: Three Ways Motorhomes Are Like Regular Houses

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized

Despite the fact that most people only invest in a motorhome for vacationing purposes, motorhomes still share a few similarities with regular houses. These similarities are probably something you never considered before, unless you regularly ponder the possibilities of mobile living versus stationary living. Here is a closer look at how motorhomes are more like regular homes than you might have thought.   You Start out Small Whether you are looking at motorhomes for sale or regular homes for sale, you almost always look at smaller homes or “starter” homes first. The idea is to have something to call your own now and get something better once you have become more successful. In the case of a motorhome, this may look like a pick-up truck pop-up or small cabin that fits into the truck bed. You Trade Up for Bigger and Better As you became wealthier and/or more successful in your career, you probably did what most people do with their houses and cars. You traded up. You got more room, more square footage and more features in both your cars and your house. In a motorhome this equates to a tow-behind or pull-behind home that is much bigger, roomier and has more to offer than just a sleeping deck and table at which to sit and eat. The pull-behind motor home often has an actual kitchen area, food storage, small refrigerator, “master” bedroom and partial or complete bathroom versus the sleeping area and table of the truck bed pop-up home. You Buy the Estate, Mansion, Castle, Etc If you are very fortunate in life, or if your retirement investments pay off quite well, you will trade up again for the larger estate, mansion or even an American castle. Cars and boats get bigger and better too. Now, instead of the little cabin on the back of your pick-up truck you can afford te luxury motorhome with the built-in driver cab and flat screen TV in the back and the full size bath and complete kitchen. Maybe by this point, you realize that your mobile home purchases have mirrored your regular home purchases and you do not really need both. (This is especially true if you are an “empty nester” and your children are all grown with families of their own.) In that case, you can make the final leap, sell the regular estate, buy the biggest and best motorhome you can find, and travel the rest of your...

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The Benefits Of Driver Safety Courses For Older Drivers

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Driving is a skill that always benefits from continuous improvement, especially for drivers who’ve been on the road for a while. If you’re an older driver, there’s a good chance that you could stand to brush up on your driving skills by taking a driver safety course. The following examines the potential benefits a driver safety course can have on your driving skills as you reach your golden years. Better Understanding of Age-Related Changes The effects of aging can have a tremendous impact on your driving skills as time goes on. There are many things that can happen as you age – your reflexes slow down, your vision weakens and even your mental acuity may even decline. It is important to know how these changes can affect your driving skills over time. A driver safety course can not only help you understand these changes, but you’ll also learn how you can adjust your driving habits to account for these changes. In addition, you’ll learn about the warning signs that signal when you should limit your driving or even cease driving altogether. Up-to-Date Knowledge of Safe Driving Practices The driving tips you’ve learned 20, 30 or even 40 years ago may be drastically different from the safe driving practices taught to new drivers today. Enrolling in a driver safety course gives you the opportunity to learn these up-to-date safe driving practices, thereby enhancing your safety as well as the safety of others on the road. Improved Knowledge of the Latest Automotive Features Automotive technology has changed dramatically over the past decade. Long-time commonplace technologies such as anti-lock brakes (ABS) have been joined by lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise control, blind spot detection and emergency brake assist systems. However, you may not be used to these technologies or understand how they work, especially if you own and drive older vehicles that lack these features. A driving school can help you learn about these new features and, if you’ve recently purchased a new vehicle, you may get hands-on instruction on how to utilize these features to maximize your safety and that of your fellow motorists. Discounts on Auto Insurance Many younger drivers take driver education courses in order to benefit from the discounts offered from their auto insurance providers. Even as an older driver, your insurance provider is likely to offer you a reduction in your monthly premiums as a reward for completing a driver safety course. Drivers who undergo these courses are often seen as less of a risk than drivers who’ve never completed such a...

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