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What’s The Difference Between Winter and All Season Tires

The winter season is upon us, which means cold temperatures, snow, and ice will cause adverse driving conditions.  Which tire you equip your vehicle with can have a positive or negative effect on your winter driving ability.  This article will talk about the differences between winter and summer tires, more typically called summer tires.

Let’s look at the most obvious difference, tread pattern.  The tread pattern on winter tires are designed to assist in slush, ice, and snow.  The ability to channel snow and slush will assist in keeping rubber contact with the road.  This contact will ultimately lead to a more stable control of your automobile, whether it’s a front wheel drive car, minivan or 4×4 SUV.

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Simple Steps To Prepare Your Auto For Winter

Leaves are changing, falling, and making for adverse conditions on the road.  Basically, this is your warning, this is natures way of saying, ‘Ready or not, here I come!’.  Winter will be arriving soon and in some places of the country may already be here, so lets talk about what you can do at home to prepare your auto for the winter months ahead.


It’s important to match a tire to the specs that the maker of your car requires.  Having a properly inflated tire, the right size, and with good grip can go a long way to keeping your car on the road during the winter.  Keeping a tire inflated properly during the winter can also be a full time job, consider this, each 10 degrees drop in temperature will cause a 1 psi drop in pressure.

Although a tire may be billed as all-season, this doesn’t make it the best tire for the winter.  These tires ultimately save the auto owner money, because there is no need to own multiple tires for the different seasons.  Just keep in mind when navigating the road ways, All Season tires are not the same as Snow Tires.

Windshield Wipers

Think windshield wipers come in handy during a rain?  A good pair of windshield wipers are a life saver during a wet snow or sleet.  Not only will it push the water off the windshield and increase visibility, but also keep water from freezing to different parts of the windshield.

I’ve found that spending a few extra dollars on a quality set of windshield wipers goes a long way.  A quality pair of blades will last longer and perform better at increased speeds, lower temperatures, and heavier rain conditions.

Prepare For Breakdowns

Kind of like a condom, better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.  A kit that helps prepare you for breakdowns on the side of the road during the winter can save lives.  In low temperatures hypothermia is a real threat, so pack extra clothing and lots of blankets.  Also, remember to bring a long flash lights, battery operated radio, and snacks.

A breakdown kit has saved lives in zero degree weather and below.  Depending on the road being traveled autos may not be frequent, which can lead to being stranded, cold, and hungry.  Keep your head, stay in the car and enjoy the kit you prepared for such occasions.  Also, cell phone chargers and water are also a good idea.  Flares are even better, just think of what you would need to signal for help at night, in low visibility, and travel safe this winter.

Limited Time Tire Coupons

Every once in awhile we will see some awesome coupons coming from tire manufacturers that make it a no-brainer to finally bite the bullet and replace those bald rubbers on all 4 corners.  Tire Rack is usually the number 1 place I purchase my tires online, their prices are fair, service is excellent, and shipping times are phenomenal.  Usually, tires can be shipped via UPS, so no need to have a business address or a place to unload a truck line.

Yesterday I received a notice from Tire Rack announcing 3 new promotions covering 3 different brands of tires.  I’ve got tire rebates for the following tire brands, Kumho, BF Goodrich, and Yokohama.  Please view the banners below to qualify for the rebates and save on tires.  Now is the time to find the deals before winter gets here and you are left spinning out.

BFGoodrich Get a $60 Mail-In Rebate

Buy a set of four and get $50 value back.


The rebates for each tire brand is just added bones to your wallet, considering they already have some of the best prices online for tires.  $60 tire coupon for BF Goodrich, $50 tire coupon for Kumho, and $40 tire coupon for Yokohama.

$75 Tire Rack Gift Card

The wintery season is not behind us and the slippery stuff makes us  take a closer look at our tires.  Tire Rack is willing to help you out by offering a $75 gift card for buying a set of Continental Tires.

Continental is a great company that manufacturers quality tires for almost every time of vehicle.  Their current tire offerings cover car, truck, suv, and commercial tires with a variety of differnet rubber compounds and styles.  Furthermore, as a company Continental is moving forward in these uncertain times, by completing a new acquisition as frequent as January 09.

On January 8, 2009 Continental completed their acquisition of Schaeffler KG.  The Schaeffler company manufacturers ball bearing components and has focused it’s attention on commercial and heavy duty applications.  The Continental take over will most likely translate into Continental developing more products and technology focused on the service sector.  Point being, Continental Tires are not going away anytime soon and you can buy their tires knowing it’s not a company that will be going the way of the DoDo anytime soon.

For this exclusive offer for a $75 Gift Card for TireRack.com please click on the banner below.

Get a $75 Gift Card from Continental Tires

Truck Tires, Making The Right Choice

Truck tires vary greatly in size, shape, and grip depending on what purpose you use your truck for.  The same truck tire that would be equipped for towing would not necessarily be the best choice truck tire if you plan on doing off road driving.  This article will help cover the differences in truck tires when buying a new site for your vehicle.

Truck Tire Ratings

The first difference between truck tires is the type of truck you intend on mounting them to.  A light truck, like a Ford Ranger, will have a different tire than say an SUV will.  Not to mention each OEM rim will require different sizes, but the composition of the tire will actually be different as well.

Codes help to determine what type of tire should be matched with what vehicle.  For example, a light truck tire will have an ‘LT’ imprinted into the tire code on the tire.  Along with denoting what type of tire classification a truck tire will also include a number code indicating the width of the tire, tread depth, construction type, and load range.  The load range is typically accompanied by PSI ratings, which change depending on how much weight is hauled.

Tires for Safety

Having the proper tires on the vehicle can make all the difference, safety wise, if evasive action is required.  Luckily, in the US, there are organizations that monitor and rate tires based on their recommended speed and use.  The DOT (Department of Transportation) and the NHTSA (National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration) are both companies that help regulate what kind of tires are allowed on public roads and what type of tire is recommended for your truck.

After selecting the proper truck tire it’s also important to perform routine maintenance on your tires.  For example, having the recommended inflation pressure can keep the tire operating at it’s peak performance level.  Furthermore, having the proper tread level on a used tire can insure that your truck maintains it’s proper braking and steering functions.

To test if the tread on a tire is sufficient, place a US Penny upside down into the grove of the tread.  If part of Lincoln’s head is below the grove level, then you are driving on sufficient tread for typical on road driving applications.  However, if all of Lincoln’s head is exposed, then it’s time to replace those truck tires.  Large grove treads, typical on off road truck tires, will typically wear down much faster during high way driving.  Keep an eye on your tread levels, especially if you live in an area prone to bad weather.

Tread Wear

Tread wear is the most important factor when deciding on a proper truck tire.  Buying a truck tire based on looks alone, without consideration for tread wear, could result in a very short life span for the tire.  However, there are ways to prevent premature tire wear on a truck or any vehicle.

Proper inflation will insure that the tire always has the maximum amount of tread on the road, to prevent uneven wearing.  Having a wheel alignment will also help keep even wear, as opposed to noticing lower tread on the outside or inside of the tire.  TKPH is a measurement used to gauge the work load of tires or also known as TMPH in the United States.  Making sure your tire has the proper TMPH measurement, matched to the work being done like hauling heavy loads, will insure that your tire wears as designed.


Remember, safety first when selecting a new truck tire.  Buying a tire based on it’s meatiness or looks underneath your truck should be a small consideration when buying tires.  Safety for yourself and others on the road should rely on you making an informed decision, based on what type of vehicle you drive, where you will be driving, and if you will be hauling any heavy loads.