Gas prices are dropping across the U.S., but there are several things you can keep an eye on to maintain your vehicle – and get the most out of your gas mileage.
Your tires play a key role in how your car uses gas.
Keep your tires properly inflated.Fueleconomy.gov reports this that can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.
Note: To find the correct tire pressure for your car, check for a sticker in the driver’s side door jam or the glove box or in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on a tire’s sidewall.
Do not drive on worn tires. Besides being unsafe because they do not handle wet or icy conditions well at all, worn tires with uneven tread pattern will cause your car to use more gas than necessary.
For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.
Increasing the size of your wheels and tires impacts gas mileage. Bankrate.com says that when engineering your vehicle, the manufacturer invested time and money determining the ideal wheel size and tire type. Replacing the original-equipment wheels and tires can affect handling and fuel economy. If you want to use plus-size wheels, find out how to compensate for the change.
If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem.
Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need.
Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere.
Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.
For more tips to keep your car in shape and get the most out of your gas mileage, click here.
Driving safely in cold temperatures and winter weather conditions has a lot to do with your tires.
Having the correct tire pressure is essential for proper handling. A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause a ten percent reduction, or constriction, of air in tires. So tire pressure can be affected from day to night temperature – not to mention when the Polar Vortex hits!
Check the optimal tire pressure of your vehicle on the label inside the driver’s door frame or in the owner’s manual.
Worn tires—especially bald ones—can be deadly on wet or snow-covered roads, where the grooves aren’t deep enough to channel water or snow out from beneath the tread and affects control of the steering wheel. Wet-weather braking and snow traction also decrease as tires wear.
ConsumerReports.org has said about tire tread levels that, “Unfortunately, 2/32 of an inch may be too late if you drive in rain or snow. Based on our tests of new and half-tread-depth tires, you may want to consider shopping for new ones on your car or truck closer to the 4/32-inch groove depth.”
For information on how to quickly check tread levels, click here.
If your tires aren’t keeping pressure or have low tread, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, high-quality used tires with good tread levels – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Champtires also sells new tires at the lowest prices you’ll find anywhere!
October – when pumpkins, Halloween candy, fall foliage and football are all on our minds – is a great time check-in with your car and prepare it for changing weather and road conditions. The Car Care Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to car safety, has declared October “Fall Car Care Month” to help drivers learn the safety and economic benefits of regular vehicle care.
A few fall tire tips to keep in mind:
Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
Check your tire pressure – cold weather can reduce tire pressure, and it’s safer to drive on tires that are properly inflated.
When temperatures dip below 45 degrees, it’s time to think about winter tires. Winter or “snow” tires are made from softer rubber that does a better job of gripping cold pavement. Winter treads are also specifically designed for snow and ice. Studded winter tires provide extra control, but wait for snow pack. Studs don’t perform well in rain.
If your tires are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need.
For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at our two convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires:
If you’ve ever wondered how to save on tires, look no further than this video featuring Champtires‘ owner Brad Rea. All tires that enter Champtires‘ warehouse are inspected and air tested. So, if you need tires for your luxury car or are getting ready for inspection or your lease turn-in, let Champtires help you save money.
Champtires has over 15,000 premium used tires in stock. Installation and free shipping options are available.
Recently on the Champtires Facebook page, we held a contest. For a chance to win a $25 gift certificate, our Facebook friends just needed to comment with one reason why buying used tires is a safe an affordable option for drivers.
Using a random number generator, Vickie won the gift certificate for her answer, “It’s an environmentally friendly option.”
Some of the other responses included:
“Because buying your used tires supports a local business,” said Heidi.
Buc wrote, “The reason why they’re a safe option is because buying them from Champtires Pittsburgh they are tested and approved right there on the spot and the cost of the tires are very affordable because they go by the 32nd of the tread and sometimes when you can’t get tires that are brand new, you can go and get tires from them that are just as good and might last just as long to get the job done for vehicle to keep you on the go in your everyday venture.”
“They always look new to me, I can’t tell the difference which assures me safety with the tires at a good price,” Sabrina shared.
Shacoya said, “It’s safe because you get tires from trusted brands that still have plenty of life left in them, and it’s affordable because you get them at a great price in comparison with buying brand new tires from a store.”
And, Brian said, “Because they get the job done at a wayyyy cheaper price!!!! I recommend CHAMPS to all my friends and family!”
Many factors – from front-wheel drive to braking – cause front tires to wear faster than rear tires. If the tires aren’t rotated on a regular basis, this will mean the front tires will wear out well before the rear tires.
If your front tires are worn (click here for how to quickly check), there is no need to buy four new tires. At Champtires, we can match the tread level and brand name of your remaining tires – which will result in you saving hundreds of dollars.
However, the question remains: should the newer tires go in the front or the back?
For ultimate safety and performance, newer tires should always be placed on the rear of the vehicle. The back tires should not be more than 2/32 of an inch lower than the car’s front tires.
Why is this? Studies have shown that cars not following these guidelines can have serious control issues. All major tire manufacturers recommend that the best two tires should be installed on the rear of the vehicle, with no exceptions. Champtires adamantly stands behind this recommendation.