Tire Masters Bloghttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 12 Nov 2015 11:29:43 -0700en-ushourly1Winter Tires? Or All Season Tires?http://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/winter-tires-or-all-season-tireshttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/winter-tires-or-all-season-tires#commentsThu, 12 Nov 2015 11:29:43 -0700TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/winter-tires-or-all-season-tires<div> In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won&rsquo;t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That&rsquo;s when it&rsquo;s time to consider winter tires.&nbsp;</div> <div> <img alt="" src="https://admin-westgatetire.securetcs.com/images/display/401/december-1.jpg" style="width: 225px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 16px 10px; float: right;" /> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Today&rsquo;s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy &ldquo;snow tires&rdquo; or &ldquo;mud grips&rdquo; that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handling, steering response and road manners that rival grand touring tires, only with enhanced traction. They accomplish that with deeper, more aggressive tread grooves and a tread pattern that&rsquo;s designed to eject snow and slush for a clean &ldquo;bite&rdquo; with every revolution of the wheel.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> More importantly, the tread compound used for winter tires is substantially different. Grand touring or all-season tires can stiffen at low temperatures, reducing traction. Winter tire formulations are designed to stay flexible even when temperatures are at zero or below, meaning they can still deliver traction in winter conditions. Some winter tires come pre-drilled for studs, which can enhance traction even more in snow and light icy conditions.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are a few things to remember with winter tires, however:&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Winter tires often don&rsquo;t handle as precisely as all-season tires, due to their construction. That may not matter much in snow, when handling will be sloppy and treacherous anyway, but it can be a noticeable difference on dry pavement.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Winter tires tend to be noisier</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Winter tires are rather fragile. That same soft rubber compound that helps with traction in snow means that the tires will wear down much more quickly in warmer temperatures. For that reason, winter tires should not be used when temperatures are above 35-45 degrees.&nbsp;</div> <div> &bull;<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>If you elect to go with winter tires, you&rsquo;ll need to get an entire set and not just a pair. Mixing designs of tires can result in poor traction, uneven and unpredictable performance and a &ldquo;schizophrenic&rdquo; car.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> With all that in mind, you&rsquo;re going to be the best judge of whether you really need winter tires or not. If your part of the country gets a few inches of snow that typically melts in a few days or a week, when the weather changes, winter tires might not be a real necessity. If you&rsquo;re in a place like the upper Midwest, New England or the mountains, with snow measured in feet rather than inches and winter temperatures that stay below freezing for weeks on end, winter tires might be a good investment after all. If you&rsquo;re leaning that way on the decision, call us and let us get you the best deal on quality winter tires that you&rsquo;ll find anywhere!&nbsp;</div> </div> /blog/view/winter-tires-or-all-season-tires/feed0Checking Tire Pressurehttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/checking-tire-pressurehttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/checking-tire-pressure#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 15:58:00 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/checking-tire-pressure<p> Correct tire pressure is important for the safety, comfort, and economy of your car. So how often should you check the pressure of the tires on your car? That depends mainly on the season, with a few other considerations you should always keep in mind.</p> <h3> During Warm Weather</h3> <p> During warm weather you should check tire pressure at least once a month. But if the weather changes or if any other considerations become important, then you should check tire pressure at least once a week.</p> <h3> During Cold Weather</h3> <p> During cold weather, and particularly if there is snow or ice in your area, you should check tire pressure at least once a week. If snow and ice affect the roads in your area, you should visit your nearest TIRE MASTERS store and seek advice on special tires and equipment that are designed to provide grip in slippery conditions.</p> <h3> When the Weather Changes</h3> <p> When you notice a change in the weather, you should check the pressure of the tires on your car. If it is noticeably warmer now than when you last checked tire pressure, your tires may now be over-inflated. Conversely, if it is noticeably cooler now than when you last checked tire pressure, your tires may now be under-inflated.</p> <h3> Other Considerations</h3> <p> If you are driving and you hit a curb or run over debris on the road, you may have damaged your tires. Should you have any reason to believe that your tires may have suffered damage, you must visually check the tires each day and properly check tire pressure each week. Driving with damaged tires is dangerous and illegal, which makes the following guideline one of great importance:&nbsp;if in doubt, do not drive your car.&nbsp;Instead, visit your nearest TIRE MASTERS store and seek advice on how you can properly check your tires, which may involve purchasing a tire gauge.</p> <p> If you have not driven your car for more than two weeks, you should visually check the tires before driving again. If any of the tires look flat, do not drive the car. Even if all the tires look okay, you should check their pressure at the first available service station as they may still be under-inflated.</p> <p> When you buy a new car, or when you borrow or hire another car, you should check tire pressure as soon as possible. Keep in mind that you are ultimately responsible for the road-worthiness of any vehicle you drive, so you must never assume that the driver before you has checked its tires.</p> <p> Finally, don&rsquo;t forget to check the pressure and condition of your spare tire at least once every six months.</p> /blog/view/checking-tire-pressure/feed0Benefits of Professional Installationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/benefits-of-professional-installationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/benefits-of-professional-installation#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 15:55:11 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/benefits-of-professional-installation<p> &ldquo;Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.&rdquo;</p> <blockquote> - Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), quoted in&nbsp;Boswell&rsquo;s Life of Johnson</blockquote> <p> Tires are not as simple as they might first seem!</p> <ul> <li> Radial tires typically contain a steel belt, how flexible is this belt and why is flexibility important?</li> <li> Tires are measured by their ability to carry load and travel at speed. Why is this important? Does your car have specifications on these measurements for tires?</li> <li> If you are fitting different tires to the back or front axle, will your vehicle tend to over-steer or under-steer? What is under or over-steer? Should a vehicle tend towards one or the other?</li> <li> How can you judge a tire&rsquo;s tendency to be noisy?</li> <li> How can you judge a tire&rsquo;s tendency to brake well on wet roads?</li> <li> Does wheel alignment affect tire performance?</li> <li> What effect does a tire have on gas use?</li> <li> What is wheel balancing and why is it important?</li> </ul> <p> Is the price you pay for a tire a measure of its true value?</p> <ul> <li> Is the tire fuel efficient? Will you spend more on gas over the life of the tire than you save on its initial purchase?</li> <li> Will the tire meet my driving needs? The wrong tire may wear faster than you expect.</li> <li> Is price a guarantee on the amount of tread, the quality of the tread rubber or the width of the tread on the tire?</li> </ul> <p> Are there other factors I should consider in addition to the tire itself?</p> <ul> <li> Should your vehicle be wheel aligned? Your old tires have a story to tell to an experienced tire professional.</li> <li> What about wheel balancing?</li> <li> How will the tires I am buying work with the ones I already have?</li> <li> Are the tires directional and what direction should they be running?</li> <li> What are my driving habits?</li> <li> Safety?</li> <li> Reliability?</li> <li> Warranty?</li> <li> Defective Recall?</li> </ul> <p> There are many reasons to see your tire professional. One of them is how can you save money, your tire professional will help you determine the best, most economical tires for your needs.</p> /blog/view/benefits-of-professional-installation/feed0How to Read Tire Informationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/how-to-read-tire-informationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/how-to-read-tire-information#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 14:14:05 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/how-to-read-tire-information<p> Before you replace the tires on your car, you need to at least know the size and speed rating of the tires. Fortunately this information is embossed on the side of tires, and below we show you how to read these details. Once you have this information, have a look at the&nbsp;<a href="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/tires">tires we stock</a>, then visit your nearest&nbsp;<a href="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/contact">TIRE MASTERS store</a>&nbsp;to have your new tires installed.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw1.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The tire information may start with a letter or two, which identifies the type of vehicle suited to the tire. The letter &lsquo;<strong>P</strong>&rsquo; means our example tire is suitable for a passenger car. If&nbsp;the tire information does not start with letters, it is probably a car tire.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw2.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The first number indicates the width of the tire. Generally the measurement is shown in millimeters, though four-wheel drive tires sometimes show width in inches. Our&nbsp;example tire has a width of 205 millimeters.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw3.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The second number indicates the height of the tire as a percentage of its width. (This value is often referred to as the &lsquo;aspect&rsquo; of the tire.) Our&nbsp;example tire has an aspect of 60, which means the tire&rsquo;s height is equal to 60% of its width.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw4.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The letter after the height value indicates the construction used within the tire&rsquo;s casing. Our&nbsp;example tire uses radial (&lsquo;R&rsquo;) construction, while other tires may use belted bias (&lsquo;B&rsquo;) or diagonal bias (&lsquo;D&rsquo;) construction.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw5.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The number after the construction value shows the diameter of the wheel rim suited to the tire. Generally the measurement is shown in inches. Our&nbsp;tire is suited to a 15-inch rim.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw6.png" /></p> <p> The first number after the tire size is the load index of the tire. By&nbsp;referring to a separate load-index chart, the index value allows us to determine the how much weight the tire can support.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/sw7.png" style="width: 350px; height: 77px;" /></p> <p> The final letter provides the speed rating of the tire, which is the maximum speed the tire has been designed to handle. The&nbsp;table below shows the some common speed rating values, where we see that our example tire is designed to handle a maximum speed of 130mph.</p> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr> <th> Speed<br /> Symbol</th> <th> Speed<br /> (mph)</th> <th> <br /> (km/h)</th> </tr> <tr> <td> P</td> <td> 94</td> <td> 150</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Q</td> <td> 100</td> <td> 160</td> </tr> <tr> <td> R</td> <td> 106</td> <td> 170</td> </tr> <tr> <td> S</td> <td> 112</td> <td> 180</td> </tr> <tr> <td> T</td> <td> 118</td> <td> 190</td> </tr> <tr> <td> U</td> <td> 124</td> <td> 200</td> </tr> <tr> <td> H</td> <td> 130</td> <td> 210</td> </tr> <tr> <td> V</td> <td> 149</td> <td> 240</td> </tr> <tr> <td> W</td> <td> 168</td> <td> 270</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Y</td> <td> 186</td> <td> 300</td> </tr> <tr> <td> Z</td> <td> 186+</td> <td> 300+</td> </tr> </tbody> </table>/blog/view/how-to-read-tire-information/feed0Wheel Alignmenthttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/wheel-alignmenthttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/wheel-alignment#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 14:02:22 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/wheel-alignment<p> I was once privileged to be involved in a Goodyear demonstration where they had a toy vehicle that allowed them to adjust the wheel alignment of the front tires. The vehicle was allowed to run down a ramp onto a flat surface with various alignment settings and a measurement was taken of how far it traveled before it stopped. I was surprised by the effect the wheel alignment had&mdash;it really was dramatic.</p> <p> Have a look at what the Environmental Protection Authority has to say on the <a href="http://www.epa.gov/oms/rfgecon.htm">Fuel Economy Impact Analysis of Reformulated Gasoline</a>. Their figures show that bad wheel alignment could cost you 10% or more in fuel.</p> <p> Have a look also at the <a href="http://www.carcare.org/">Car Care</a> article, <a href="http://www.pressroominfo.com/FS-fuel_eff.html">An In-Depth Look at Fuel Efficiency Tips</a>, and its section on tires:</p> <blockquote> <p> <strong>How do underinflated tires affect fuel efficiency?</strong></p> <p> Underinflated tires and incorrect wheel alignment can lead to conditions which increase rolling resistance. This is like driving with the parking brake not fully released, it can cost a mile or two per gallon on a car that normally delivers 20 miles per gallon. Correct tire inflation pressure is critical for good fuel economy, safety, maximum tire life and proper vehicle handling performance.</p> </blockquote> <p> But it&rsquo;s not only fuel efficiency; the extra energy used up by the fuel does no good at all and is used to wear your tires faster, make more noise or make your vehicle handle more badly.</p> <p> How cheap are your tires if you don&rsquo;t get expert opinion on wheel alignment and other important information from your Tire Store expert.</p> <p> Kevin Marley<br /> Managing Director<br /> E-Solution Professionals</p> /blog/view/wheel-alignment/feed0Tread Depthhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tread-depthhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tread-depth#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 13:58:30 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tread-depth<h3> What is it?</h3> <p> There are several charlie ways to check tire tread depth. The first way is to measure tread depth with a tread depth gauge. The second method involves the use of a penny inserted into the grooves of the tread. Tire wear bars are also used on today&rsquo;s tires as a hands-off visual indication that a tire needs replacement.</p> <h3> What does it do?</h3> <p> Regular tread depth checks are important to ensure that your car&rsquo;s tires are safe. Excessive wear can result in a loss of traction, especially on wet and slippery roads. Tires are regular wear items and staying on top of their condition not only ensures your safety, but also gives you the opportunity to plan ahead and budget for inevitable tire replacement.</p> <h3> Maintenance Tips/Suggestions</h3> <p> When using a tread depth gauge, tires need to have at least 1/16-in. of tread or more (this is the minimum amount of tread allowed by law). By using a penny as a quick reference, insert the penny into the tread groove with Lincoln&rsquo;s face showing, but with his head upside-down. If you are able to see all of Lincoln&rsquo;s head, the tire needs replacement. If you see a wear bar across the width of the tread while facing it, it&rsquo;s time to replace the tire. Generally, it&rsquo;s best to replace tires in sets of four. If your car&rsquo;s tires show signs of abnormal or unequal wear, have this looked into by a professional technician. Excessive wear on both outer edges generally indicates under-inflation. Excessive wear in the center of the tread generally indicates over-inflation. Cupping or dipping of certain tread sections may indicate worn suspension parts or a wheel balance problem. Saw-toothed or feathered tread edges may indicate wheel misalignment. If your car needs alignment or suspension work, have it done before you drive off with a new set of tires. Taking a &ldquo;big picture&rdquo; approach to protecting your tire investment will reap many rewards for miles to come.</p> /blog/view/tread-depth/feed0Tire Inflationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-inflationhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-inflation#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 13:56:34 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-inflation<h3> What is it?</h3> <p> Proper tire inflation pressure is the specified air pressure given by a carmaker for a certain tire on a specific vehicle. This pressure specification should not be confused with a tire&rsquo;s maximum pressure, which is usually listed on the tire&rsquo;s sidewall. Some vehicles may specify different pressures for the front tires and the rear tires.</p> <h3> Maintenance Tips/Suggestions</h3> <p> For the small amount of time it takes, checking tire inflation at least once a month is one of the best investments you can make to get the maximum life out of your tires. Proper inflation can also improve gas mileage by more than 3%, when maintained regularly. Keep this in mind: Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.4 percent for every 1 psi (pounds per square inch) drop in pressure of all four tires. You may want to check your tires more often during the winter months. Tires will lose about 1 psi of pressure for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature drop.</p> <p> Keep an accurate tire pressure gauge in your car&rsquo;s glove box (many gauges at &ldquo;air stations&rdquo; give false pressure readings) and check the tire pressure when the tires are cold. Never trust the appearance of a tire as a gauge for inflation. A tire could be 10 psi low on pressure and not appear to be low on air. Use the recommended inflation pressure listed in your vehicle&rsquo;s owner&rsquo;s manual or on the inflation sticker found on the driver&rsquo;s door jamb. While you&rsquo;re at it, don&rsquo;t forget to check the spare. There&rsquo;s nothing more annoying than a flat spare when you have a flat tire.</p> /blog/view/tire-inflation/feed0Tire Care Cuts Tire Wearhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-care-cuts-tire-wearhttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-care-cuts-tire-wear#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 13:54:57 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/tire-care-cuts-tire-wear<p> Looking for a way to occupy the kids on a long winter road trip? Assign them the project of comparing odometer readings with highway mileage markers. A difference of tenth of a mile or two in a 10 mile stretch is not unusual. Oversized tires will cause both your odometer and speedometer to read low.</p> <p> New tires, with full tread, make fewer revolutions per mile than do bald tires. What happens to all that rubber that&rsquo;s worn off millions of tires? It accumulates alongside our nation&rsquo;s highways. Some of this rubber was scrubbed off because the wheels are out of alignment.</p> <p> Imagine a car, driven about 12,000 miles a year, going down the road with wheels misaligned by just 0.17 inches.</p> <p> The driver must constantly tug at the wheel to keep the car going straight. In effect, the tires are being dragged sideways for the equivalent of 68 miles over the course of a year. This condition, along with under-inflation, increases rolling resistance. End result, tires are wasted away and fuel economy plummets as gas goes out the exhaust.</p> <p> How do you know if your tires are wearing too quickly or unevenly? Steering irregularities, such as pulling in one direction or wandering, indicate either one tire under-inflated or misaligned wheels.</p> /blog/view/tire-care-cuts-tire-wear/feed0Are You Ready for a Flat Tire?http://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-flat-tirehttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-flat-tire#commentsSat, 04 Apr 2015 13:49:53 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-flat-tire<p> Imagine you&rsquo;ve had a flat tire and you&rsquo;re on your own.</p> <ul> <li> Are you safely off the road?</li> <li> Can you find the jack? On some vehicles it&rsquo;s under the hood. On others it&rsquo;s under or above the spare.</li> <li> Do you know how to assemble the jack and make it work? Read the directions in your owner&rsquo;s manual or on a sticker under the trunk lid.</li> <li> Can you find the spare? Maybe it&rsquo;s mounted under the vehicle, as in the case of some pick-up trucks and SUVs. If it&rsquo;s in the trunk, can you get to it?</li> <li> How long since you checked to see if it&rsquo;s still inflated?</li> <li> Most cars now have space-saving (nicknamed &ldquo;Mickey Mouse&rdquo;) spares. They&rsquo;re smaller, lighter and easier to install than conventional wheels but they&rsquo;re for emergency use only.</li> <li> Have the flat tire repaired or replaced and reinstalled as soon as possible.</li> </ul> /blog/view/are-you-ready-for-a-flat-tire/feed0Differences in Tireshttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/while-tires-might-all-look-the-same-there-are-important-differences-in-tireshttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/while-tires-might-all-look-the-same-there-are-important-differences-in-tires#commentsFri, 04 Apr 2014 14:12:15 -0600TCShttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/while-tires-might-all-look-the-same-there-are-important-differences-in-tires<p> Tires might seem like charlie round black things made of rubber. But in reality they are a highly technical, advanced product that must meet stringent standards of safety and performance.</p> <p> Imagine the tires on a large passenger jet as it lands with hundreds of tons of impact at incredible speed. How about a Formula&nbsp;1 racing car accelerating and breaking through hours of high performance&mdash;even they have tires changed when the road is wet or dry.</p> <p> The tires on your car are required to meet the specifications of the manufacturer that are measured as speed and load ratings. This allows your vehicle to brake, travel and accelerate within the performance guidelines of the vehicle manufacturer.</p> <p> Speed and Load ratings are tested and assigned according to the Department Of Transport, have a look at the&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tire_code" target="_blank">Tire Code</a>&nbsp;Wikipedia article.</p> <p> Have you thought about how much tread a tire has? Do some tires have more tread than others? How about the width of the tread, is the actual footprint of a tire&rsquo;s contact with the road the same for all tires of the same size? The decision on buying tires needs to consider what you really get for what you spend.</p> <p> Kevin Marley<br /> Managing Director<br /> E-Solution Professionals</p> /blog/view/while-tires-might-all-look-the-same-there-are-important-differences-in-tires/feed010 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileagehttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileagehttp://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage#commentsFri, 28 Jun 2013 12:48:25 -0600http://tiremasters-wheels.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> <img alt="" src="http://tiremasters-wheels.com/images/display/highway-to-horizon-www.wallbest.com.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 255px; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Who doesn&rsquo;t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.</p> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire&rsquo;s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn&rsquo;t be used as your vehicle&rsquo;s primary tires.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tire Inflation- Proper tire inflation for driving conditions will promote a smoother, more efficient ride. Tire inflation should be watched more in temperature extremes, and should be checked only when the tires are cool and have not been driven on recently.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wheel Balance- If your wheels aren&rsquo;t balanced, they can wear unevenly or even bounce, preventing full contact with the road, diminishing fuel efficiency. For the best gas mileage, have your wheels balanced with every rotation.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Proper Alignment &ndash; A vehicle with proper alignment will have less pull due to tires not working together with the driveline, and should use less gas. Proper alignment can also help save your tires, and decrease engine drag by creating less resistance, boosting your vehicle&rsquo;s performance.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Oil changes &ndash; Proper and frequent oil changes can be one of the best ways to maximize your gas mileage. Your vehicle will run smoother and cleaner, using less fuel. Make sure you are checking with your owner&rsquo;s manual for exact specifications and using the recommended oil weight.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air filter &ndash; Air filters can be visually checked and changed when dirty, or checked with every oil change. If you live in an area with smog or pollution, or drive on dusty roads or through frequent road construction, you may need to check and change your air filter more often. Without clean, cool air mixing with the fuel to create combustion, your vehicle consumes more gas, and therefore lowers your vehicle&rsquo;s efficiency.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Maintenance - Maintaining you vehicle will improve its overall health, with the added bonus of better gas mileage. Regular tune-ups will replace spark plugs, checks for leaks in hoses, and tighten any belts. On your own, you can maintain your fuel filter, fuel pump, and gas cap, and watch for leaks or cracks. This is not only a fuel waster, but can be a safety hazard.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Driving Habits- Stop and go traffic for city dwellers happens, which will lower your fuel efficiency. But many driving habits that can suck up extra fuel can be avoided- like jackrabbit starts, hitting the gas pedal as soon as a light turns green, rather than easing into it. Excessive speeds and freeway driving can also lower gas mileage due to the constant acceleration.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Use the Right Gas - Unless your vehicle requires premium gasoline, most vehicles do just fine on regular unleaded gas. In fact, premium gas can burn less efficiently, actually reducing your gas mileage and wasting gas. Not only do you spend more at the pump, you&rsquo;ll be fueling up more often.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air Conditioning- It&rsquo;s not a myth that driving with the air conditioner on can reduce gas mileage significantly. In the hotter months, it is nearly unavoidable. But, when possible, driving with the windows down or taking shorter trips will help you and your wallet in the long run. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> /blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage/feed0