We are in the core of the gift-giving season. If you’re still struggling with what to give a family member or friend this holiday season, the perfect present may be related to their vehicle. Whether it’s an oil change, state inspection, wheel alignment, or new set of tires, everyone has routine maintenance for their automobile. As we enter the winter driving season, car safety should be a top priority.Top
People often ask us, when is the best time to switch from all-season to winter tires. Is it November 1st, Thanksgiving, the first snow fall or some other date? The answer is none of the above. The best time to install winter tires is based on outdoor temperature. Once the average daily temperature is consistently below 45 degrees Fahrenheit (or 7 degrees Celsius), it’s time to switch.
The primary reason is that in cold temperatures, all-season tires become rigid, less pliable and therefore less effective in gripping the surface. Pliability is an essential feature in winter tires. Winter tires are made from softer rubber compounds that retain their flexibility in cold weather, allowing the tire to better conform to the surface of the road. In fact, in temperatures of 45 degrees or less, winter tires will increase vehicle stability regardless of road conditions. All-season and performance tires tend to get hard and brittle in cold temperatures – providing less traction. As a result, winter tires keep a better grip on snowy and icy surfaces than regular tires. A Motortrend.com study concludes that “modern winter tires can provide up to 20 percent better snow traction than an all-season design.”
It’s always best to replace all four tires with winter tires because differences in tire size, traction and wear can negatively affect a car’s handling. The Tire Industry Association states “in order to maintain performance and stability, winter/snow tires must be installed on all four wheel positions on front-wheel drive vehicles.”
We’ve posted several videos illustrating the effectiveness of winter tires compared to all-season tires.
It’s also important to check and maintain proper tire pressure more frequently in winter months. For every 10 degrees Fahrenheit the temperature drops, your tires can lose about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. The pressure can also be affected by an increase in temperature variance during the day. In other words, if it’s below zero at night and almost 40 degrees during the day – your tire pressure may fluctuate a small amount depending on when you adjusted them. Since it is generally recommended to keep your tires within 5 PSI of the recommended pressure, it becomes more important in winter to check your tires regularly.
If you are on researching or looking for winter tires, you’ll want to make certain that you select a tire branded with the mountain/snowflake symbol. This will assure you have the very best winter traction offered. If you have any questions about winter tires or driving safety, please feel free to call or stop by one of the convenient Dunn Tire locations.Top
You’ve probably noticed that some tires seem to make more noise than others. Keep in mind that all tires will generate some level of sound as they come in contact with the road surface. There are a few key factors that can impact the amount noise produced from tires.
The design of a tire’s tread can significantly impact the ride quality and noise produced. Wide block or more aggressive tire treads generally create a louder ride. Tire manufacturers are continually working to design tires that will provide excellent traction and yet deliver a safe and comfortable ride.
As an example, the Michelin Primacy MXV4 uses “computer-optimized design and precision manufacturing to reduce vibrations and road noise”. Furthermore the “MaxTouch Construction maximizes the tire’s contact with the road and evenly distributes the forces of acceleration, braking and cornering, resulting in longer wear.”
Continental’s CrossContact LX tire has an innovative tread design which minimizes noise and provides a comfortable ride. “Thanks to their rib characteristic and pronounced siping, the three circumferential block rows make for precise steering response and very good straightline performance while guaranteeing that the tire rolls very smoothly and quietly.”
Advances in synthetic rubber compounds, new materials and technology are all being used by tire manufacturers to improve the quality of tires. Some materials are used in tires specifically to reduce the rolling resistance. Most performance and touring tires are constructed with different reinforcement materials that tend to provide a quieter ride.
A good example of material technology is the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus tire. The tires are designed using what Bridgestone calls RENOA silencer grooves. These “resonance noise attenuated” silencer grooves help reduce pattern noise by trapping sound in tread pattern elements.
Also, the Goodyear Assurance ComforTred Touring rates high for a quiet and comfortable ride. A “special comfort layer in the tread helps provide, on average, 20% more cushion than standard passenger tires”.
As a tire wears you may notice more noise produced. One factor may be uneven tire wear. Uneven tire treads will not uniformly come in contact with the road. As a result, you may notice more noise, steering wheel vibration, or a pattern sound as you speed up and slow down. Routine tire care – maintaining proper tire pressure, tire rotations and alignment will help to alleviate this issue.
In addition to proper maintenance, the best way to reduce the chance of having “loud tires” is to ask questions. There are many tire brands and models which are designed to minimize noise. We have only suggested a few tires above as references. Stop into any of our store locations and we can help you determine the best tires for your needs.Top
Buffalo NY – August 13th, 2013 – Dunn Tire, a leading tire retailer based in Western New York, is pleased to announce the availability of their mobile-friendly website. The mobile site offers the same “tire search” functionality as the desktop site but via a simplified interface designed specifically for smaller screen formats. Additionally, the mobile site takes advantage of built-in mobile GPS technology to help visitors quickly locate and contact the nearest Dunn Tire location.
“Our mobile site is designed to serve current and future customers better than ever” said Patrick Logue, Managing Director of Retail Operations at Dunn Tire. “As we recognized that an increasing percentage of our web traffic was coming from mobile devices, we set out to create a better user experience for them. We’ve taken another step towards simplifying the overall tire purchasing process. We will continue to add new features and functionality to our mobile site based on customer feedback and suggestions.”
Just last month Dunn Tire announced several new website improvements and tire price comparison tools. In fact, Dunn Tire guarantees their tire prices are the lowest available. An online submission form entitles consumers to request a price review of a particular tire. Furthermore the low price pledge is backed by a 90-day 200% Price Protection Policy. This provides every customer with the peace of mind that they are getting the best deal possible.
About Dunn Tire
Dunn Tire is a Buffalo, NY based tire retailer, and AAA Approved automotive service provider. Recently ranked by Tire Business as the 18th largest independent tire retailer in North America; they are also a Top 20 market share holder in the United States within in their retail category. Dunn Tire has 31 retail locations from Erie PA, to Syracuse NY. Locally owned and operated, Dunn Tire has been providing tire and automotive services since 1973.Top
Is it already time to start thinking about back to school? Before you – or one of your children – head back to school this fall, make sure you properly check your tires. Routine tire care and safety is simple and easy. A quick five minute inspection for tire damage, uneven wear, tread depth, alignment, and proper inflation can save you a lot of time, aggravation, and money down the road.
The first step is to make sure you’ve got the proper air pressure in your tires. Underinflation can lead to tire failure and blowouts. The right amount of air pressure, or PSI, for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is shown on the vehicle door edge, door post, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual. If you’re not sure about how to properly inflate your tires, simply stop by any Dunn Tire location for assistance – as an added incentive we’ve got free nitrogen inflation, which can save up to 5% in fuel costs by helping maintain proper tire pressure for longer.
Monitor your tire’s tread depth for safety and performance. Visually check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage. Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch in order to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. An easy test: place a penny into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, it’s time for new tires!
Routine tire rotation will promote more uniform tire wear. The general guideline for tire rotation is approximately every 5,000 miles. There are a few rotation patterns to follow when rotating tires. If you are unsure about the recommended tire rotation pattern, you should consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual, the tire manufacturer or any Dunn Tire location.
A bad jolt from hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires. Misalignment of wheels in the front or rear can cause uneven and rapid tread wear and should be corrected by a tire dealer. If your vehicle shows any sign of shaking, vibrations, or uneven tire wear it’s time to have your alignment checked. Bring it to any Dunn Tire. We’ll check your alignment for free.
Stop by any Dunn Tire location to make sure your tires are ready to roll. We’ll give your tires a check and provide you with an immediate and honest opinion. Your tires will be one less thing to worry about when studying this fall.Top