As the Official Tire Dealer of the Buffalo Bills we are excited about the upcoming football season. We’ll be featuring exclusive Bills’ merchandise and promotions throughout the year. With the start of Bills Training Camp set to kickoff soon, we have a limited number of tickets to give away for the night practice on August 18th at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford. We will only be giving away these tickets at two locations – 4401 Transit Rd in Williamsville and 3300 W Henrietta Rd in Henrietta. To receive two FREE tickets, simply stop into either of these stores and complete the “Peace of Mind” inspection (no purchase necessary). Tickets will be given away on a first come, first served basis until they are gone.Top
As temperatures reach 90F and above across the United States, drivers — particularly those planning a road trip — should ensure that their tires have the correct tire pressure. Hot temperatures and under-inflated tires are a dangerous combination. During the summer months, while vehicles are being driven at highway speeds, the heat and hot roadways contribute to the breakdown of tires and a greater likelihood for tire failure.
According to statistics from the National Automotive Sampling System (NASS) “about 36 percent of passenger cars and about 40 percent of light trucks had at least one tire that was at least 20 percent below the placard pressure.” That’s a staggering number of vehicles on the road with under-inflated tires.
When a tire is under-inflated, its sidewalls flex more and the air temperature inside the tire rises, increasing stress and the risk of failure. A significantly under-inflated tire loses lateral traction, increases a vehicles stopping distance and makes handling more difficult. It’s important to note that under-inflation also plays a role in crashes due to flat tires and blowouts.
Proper pressure is the most important part of maintaining a vehicle’s tires. Properly maintained tires improve the steering, stopping, traction and load carrying capability of vehicles and can improve gas mileage by 3.3 percent.
To prevent tire failure, NHTSA offers the following safety recommendations:
- Follow the recommended tire pressure in pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) for your vehicle. This information is found on the vehicle placard typically inside the car door and in the vehicle owner’s manual.
- Purchase a tire pressure gauge to keep in your vehicle. Tires lose one PSI every month, so it is important to check your tires monthly to ensure proper inflation.
- If your vehicle is equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS), know where the TPMS warning is on your dashboard, and take action if you receive a warning.
- Check your vehicle owner’s manual for specific recommendations for tire replacement for your vehicle. Some vehicle manufacturers recommend six years, some tire manufacturers recommend 10 years as the maximum service life for tires, including spares.
- Monitor the tread on all tires on your vehicle. Tires with tread worn down to 2/32 of an inch or less are not safe and should be replaced.
- Look for treadwear indicators – raised sections spaced throughout the bottom of the tread grooves. When they appear it is time to replace your tires.
- Try the penny test. Place a penny in the tread of your tires with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tire has less than 2/32 of an inches of tread and you are ready for new tires.
- Remember that seat belts are your best defense in a crash.
Please drive safe this summer season – and as always, if you have any questions regarding tires, safety or maintenance, please contact the nearest Dunn Tire store.Top
The Official Dunn Tire Race Car will be on display next week at select Dunn Tire stores in the Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse area. We invite everyone to come see this extraordinary car in person between 12–4pm at the following stores:
Monday (6/23) – West Seneca store (2150 Union Road)
Tuesday (6/24) – Pittsford store (3400 Monroe Ave)
Wednesday (6/25) – Camillus store (3690 Milton Ave)
Bring your camera! This is a great opportunity to get up close and take photos. In fact, we encourage you to post and share your creative photos of the Dunn Tire Race Car. Have fun!
At each location, we’ll be handing out complimentary weekend passes for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in Watkins Glen June 27-29, 2014. The general admission tickets are good for all three days (Friday through Sunday). These will be given out on a first come, first served basis.Top
Texting while driving kills thousands of people each year and many more are seriously injured. When we text and drive, it’s like driving blindfolded. Driving isn’t child’s play. It only takes one text to cause a serious accident. Help make our roads a “NO TEXT ZONE“.
We consider road safety a top priority. That’s why Dunn Tire, in cooperation with Continental Tire, is offering the chance to win great prizes for those that pledge to make their car a No TXT Zone!
Taking the Pledge is Easy!
Simply complete the online form to make your pledge not to text and drive. Prevent accidents and keep your family safe.Top
Tire rotations are necessary to achieve even treadwear and maximum tire mileage. To extend the life of your tires, you should plan to rotate them about every 5,000 – 7,000 miles. It may be convenient to schedule your tire rotation every other oil change (which should be done each 3,000 miles). It’s a quick and inexpensive preventative maintenance practice to establish.
There are three traditional tire rotation patterns which can be followed:
Front-wheel drive vehicles – Rotate the tires in a forward cross pattern (Figure 1) or the alternative X pattern (Figure 2)
Rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles – Rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (Figure 3) or the alternative X pattern (Figure 2)
Two additional tire rotation patterns are available for performance tires and wheels
Same size directional wheels/tires – The “Front-to-Rear” (Figure 4) pattern may be used for vehicles equipped with the same size directional wheels and/or directional tires.
Different sized non-directional tires and wheels - A “Side-to-Side” (Figure 5) pattern may be used for vehicles equipped with different sized non-directional tires and wheels on the front axle compared to the rear axle.
Vehicles that use different sized directional wheels and tires, and/or wheels with different front and rear offsets with directional tires will require dismounting, mounting, and rebalancing to properly rotate tires.
Rotating tires with spares – If your vehicle has a full-sized spare (not a compact spare or donut), you may want to include that tire in the rotation. Below are two additional rotation patterns which can be followed to incorporate the spare.
On front-wheel drive cars with full-size matching spare, rotate the tires in a forward cross pattern (Figure 6)
On rear-wheel or four-wheel drive cars with full-size matching spare, rotate the tires in a rearward cross pattern (Figure 7)
When’s the last time you had your tires rotated? We’ll rotate your tires for FREE every 5000 miles for as long as you own your tires – included in our Out-The-Door Installation price. Stop into any of our 30 convenient locations for more information.Top