1. Start off well rested and well fed! Caffeine is not an answer as it wears off quickly and then you will need more. Your caffeine high can make you jittery and short tempered. This is not the optimum way to start any journey that includes road risks like traffic, weather, etc.
2. Mandatory: Pull over and take breaks every couple of hours and take a walk whether you think you need one or not. Stretch your legs, use the bathroom, splash some cool water on your face, have a snack, do some deep breathing, roll down the windows in your car and replace the air inside your cabin...tired? Take a nap.
3. Got a co-pilot? How about changing drivers for a bit? This is ideal because then each of you can watch the road and each other to make sure the driver is alert. When driving alone, turn on the radio or put on a CD, and keep your window open just an inch. Please don't use your cruise control if you're driving alone at night -- concentrating on your speed can help you stay awake.
4. Park your vehicle off the road if you have to pull over. Never park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason unless, of course, it's an emergency.
Originally posted on Metropia.com
With the increasing price on gas every year, every driver wants to know how to improve fuel economy.
You are probably familiar with a few techniques to maximize your fuel economy, but did you ever consider how the tires you’re rolling on take a part in it?
Rolling resistance is what it’s all about when you look to your tires for fuel economy. The laws of physics dictate that stationary objects want to remain that way, so moving those objects demands energy. The more resistance your vehicle has to get moving, the more fuel it will burn.
Here are ways you can reduce the amount of rolling resistance your tires produce and get around more efficiently:
1. Air pressure
Tires that are deflated by 8 psi can increase rolling resistance by as much as 20%! Check your tires for the appropriate air pressure on a monthly basis. Manufacturer’s specifications will be visible on the outer wall of your tires, so follow that guideline when you fill your tires.
Written by: Marie-William Simard, Rédactrice Web, PMCtire
Getting your car ready for the upcoming winter in advance helps ensure that an unexpected cold snap or snowstorm won’t leave you stranded.
Winter probably has the least optimal conditions for any kind of driving whatsoever, unless you're trying to drive your car in the dessert or the moon. Snow, ice, and slush make it really easy for your car to skid or slide. Fortunately however, with tires designed for this kind of weather, we can avoid these events. So why not change your tires early and have the peace of mind?
1. Benefit from a Full Inventory
If you think that our Winter tire inventory won’t be ready till November or December, you're in for a surprise when visiting in our store. Instead of getting the leftover tires later, choose the tires that are best suited your needs now.
2. Buy the Right Type for Your Vehicle
If you drive a luxury sedan, it’s even more important to get the right type of tires earlier. Most winter tires for Audi, BMW, Porsche are very limited in terms of options. They are not manufactured in large quantities and quickly fly off the shelves. Come and get your tires changed sooner than later.
3. Avoid the Rush of the First Snowfall
Once that first snowfall arrives, it’ll be hard to find a garage that’s not totally booked. Be the smart one, book an appointment with us today and avoid the rush.
Our service ranges from wheel alignment, tire sales and service, brake service and so much more. Book an appointment today and talk to our knowledgeable technicians. We would be happy to assist you with your car tires.
If you are tired of feeling like just another face in the crowd... give us a try, you won't be disappointed!
Stored tires should be protected against environmental effects such as sunlight, high heat, ozone and other potentially damaging conditions. Weather checking/ozone cracking can occur during direct and extended exposure to damaging effects of the environment, such as ozone and heat from sunlight. Ozone cracking can also be caused by exposure to electric motors, welding equipment, or other ozone generating sources. Tires with severe weather checking/ozone cracking or any cracking that extends to the tire casing cords/plies should be removed from service.
Indoor storage is recommended, however if tires must be stored outdoors:
Tires mounted on a stored vehicle
Store the vehicle such that all weight is removed from the tires. If vehicle weight cannot be removed, unload the vehicle to minimize the weight. Maintain the recommended tire inflation pressure, including the spare. The surface where the vehicle is parked/stored should be firm, reasonably level, well drained and clean. Vehicle should be moved every three (3) months so the tire flex area is changed.
Returning tires from storage back to service
Despite being one of the most important components of your vehicle, most people don’t know much about their tires. Here at National Tire Wholesale, we believe that more attention should be payed to these amazing pieces of technology. In particular, here are ten facts that we believe everyone should know about those little rubber doughnuts you rely on every day.
Good Things Come to Those Who Wait
Did You Know You Drive on Tires?
Spare Tires a Dying Breed?
… As Well As Inflatable Tires?
Rubber to the Road
Everyone knows your tires are your only contact to the road surface, but have you ever thought about how much of your tires actually stick to the road? While most vehicles have fairly large tires, in actuality the contact patch (the part of your tires that actually are in contact with the road) are only about the size of sheet of paper!
Speed Doesn’t Come Cheap
Temperature Affects Your Tires…
…Except if They’re Filled With Nitrogen
Making the World Go ‘Round
When purchasing new or used tires, size is the first issue you want to address and we are talking about more than "Will it fit in my wheel well?"
The size of your tires affects mileage, braking, wear and tear on your power train and accurate speedometer readings. Installing the right size replacement tires on your car or truck is an important step to achieving the performance the engineers who designed your vehicle intended.
To discover the original tire size for your vehicle, we suggest you check this tire size calculatortiresize.com/calculator/
Don't feel any pressure though! We always ensure the tires we sell you are the right ones for your needs.
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Hello, we found this amazing artist who is using recycled tires to make sculptures while making art more eco-friendly and we thought we'd like to share!
While most artists have to spend money on their materials, Blake McFarland doesn't have this problem – he sculpts animals from recycled tires.
"This material is just abundant everywhere," Blake says. He uses about 100-400 tires for an average sculpture and it takes him up to a month to complete it.
Blake loves the fact that tire sculpture art is not only visually appealing, but also eco-friendly. This is one of the main reasons why he picked tires as his medium.
If you're not inspired already, take a look at some of Blake's other sculptures!
To learn more about Blake, check out his website at www.blakemcfarland.com
Thanks for reading! - Gorm
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At National Tire Wholesale we offer a whole range of services, from oil changes to wheel alignments and much more! Here are a few reasons why you should stop by National Tire Wholesale to get an oil change and why it is important to get your wheels aligned!
As oil collects heat, varnish and carbons during the course of protecting and keeping the engine running smoothly, it eventually becomes less like liquid and more like sludge. No matter how good the oil is, eventually it degrades as the additives get used up. That's when you should have your oil changed.
How often and what kind of oil should be used?
If you don't think you have the time or money to get your oil changed and you choose to wait, eventually the oil will get worse and worse, becoming more like sludge and clog your engine. Engines are expensive to clean, and replacing a worn-out piston is not an auto repair bill you want to receive. Bottom line: It's worth the time and minimal cost of maintenance.
Keep you and and your car safe on the road with a proper wheel alignment.
What causes a vehicle to go out of alignment?
Misalignment conditions occur when the suspension and steering system are not operating at the right angles. The most common cause of this is spring sag and suspension wear on older vehicles. You can also throw your alignment off balance when you hit a pot hole, curb or get into any kind of minor or major collision.
Many automotive warranties require you to produce proof that you have had your wheels aligned regularly, or the manufacturer will not honor them. Virtually all tire warranties are void if the owner neglects to get and document regular wheel alignments.
Keep your tires in great shape by bringing your car or truck to National Tire Wholesale. Our trained technicians are skilled in a wide range of tire services. You can get your tires rotated, repaired, replaced, and more. Your vehicle is a large investment, and it’s worth the proper care.
It’s that time of year again, spring, means only one thing for Canada’s road: potholes. In average cities in Canada have nearly 50,000 potholes formed every spring, which means your vehicle can suffer major damage. Navigating around them is a daily reality and most of the time, you can’t see a pothole until it’s too late.
How potholes are created
Potholes are caused over time initially by a depression or water under the pavement. As traffic passes over the road areas of it gets weaken. If water is present and under a cold temperatures the expansion and contraction of the water freezes, which would cause the road surface to weaken even further. When traffic constantly travels on this area it will breaks the asphalt surface until it expands and a pothole appears. The longer it is left unrepaired the larger the pothole becomes.
Signs of pothole damage
At National Tire Wholesale it is our first priority to keep you safe on the roads. We know that you know a lot about your vehicle but sometimes you need a helping hand with your tires. We’d like to bust some common tire myths that may be tricking you and decreasing your safety on the roads.
Tire Myth # 1: I have TPMS so I don’t need to check my tire pressure
Remember to keep in mind that your tire pressure can fluctuate with changes in temperature so try to check your tires when it is cool outside and before you drive your car. If you’re unsure what the optimal tire pressure is for your vehicle, check the sticker on your side door.
Tire Myth # 2: I have all-season tires so I don’t need winter tires
“All-season” does not mean that your tires are made for winter conditions. Only tires with the snowflake emblem are certified to be winter driven. Certified winter tires are made with a rubber compound that stays pliable in cold conditions, which gives you better traction. In general, “all-season tires” are really only made for spring, summer, and fall driving conditions.
Tire Myth # 3: To save money, I can just leave my winter tires on in the summer
Tire Myth # 4: It doesn’t matter what size my tires are; they’re all the same
There are many more tire myths to cover so watch for them in up-coming blog posts. And remember, if you have any questions about your tires, then contact us!
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