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
All 31 Dunn Tire locations will be open at 7am on Friday, November 29, 2013. For all of you early birds, we’ve got some great deals on winter tires! Check out all of our current tire specials.
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
As a proud sponsor of the athletic programs at Syracuse University and the University at Buffalo, we’ve got tickets to share with our Facebook fans. We have football and basketball tickets to give away for most home games. Simply like the Dunn Tire page on Facebook and then watch for contest announcements!
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Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs and Dunn Tire announced recently that motorists will now be able to find the signature green “Renew Local” envelopes at any of the Dunn Tire locations throughout Erie County.
The Clerk’s Office is asking motorists to “Renew Local” when renewing their auto registration in order to keep 12.7% of vehicle registration fees here in Erie County rather than sending 100% to Albany. Taxpayers should know that when they renew their registration locally, at any of the Erie County Auto Bureaus or mail their renewal directly to the County Clerk’s Office, the financial impact to the County would be upwards of an additional $1.5 million in revenue per year.
Jacobs stated “Our hope is that by making our signature green envelopes more easily accessible, it will increase the number of vehicle owners who renew locally.” Motorists can simply drop the completed renewal form, along with their check payable to the Erie County Clerk, in any mailbox, using the postage-paid envelope.
“The additional revenues generated supports local Auto Bureau operations, along with helping to pay for road and bridge repair, social and senior services, and programs important to this community, like our public libraries,” said Jacobs.Top