Four Fall Tire Tips

Check your tires, check your air pressure and other tips to stay safe on the roads.

Changing weather and shorter days can make fall tricky for safe driving, but it’s also the perfect time to prepare for what’s ahead.

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. And Consumer Reports says that fall is the best time to buy tires for winter.

Here are four more fall tire tips:

  • Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
  • Check your tires. Driving on worn tires or tires with no tread is very dangerous. Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow. Learn how to quickly inspect your tires. Wet road conditions can be extremely dangerous when tires have low tread. Reduce your risk of hydroplaning.
  • 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 tread depth – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Search our inventory and shop online now (free shipping is always included) or stop in at one of our three Pittsburgh-area tire stores.

Related Information:

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Safety in the Rain

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Flat Tire? Don’t Stress.

How To Find Your Tire Size and Determine Tire Tread Depth

Winter Driving Tips

winter driving tipsDriving in winter weather conditions is not fun. To help ensure your safety as well as your passengers and others on the road, here are a few tips to follow:

  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  • Drive slowly.
  • Increase the pavement following distance between you and the car in front of you.
  • Understand what kind of brakes your car has.
  • Keep the gas tank at least half full.
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated.

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 temperatures drop severely.

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.

Call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

For more winter driving tips from AAA, click here.

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Cold Weather And Your Tires

coldweathertireDriving 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!

Champtires has two Pittsburgh locations!

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

Not in Pittsburgh?

Don’t worry – we offer FREE, fast shipping! Call 412-462-3000 or visit Champtires.com.

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Fall Tire Tips

fallOctober – 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 tires. Driving on worn tires or tires with no tread is very dangerous. Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow. For information on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
  • 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:

Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206

West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires

Front or Back: Where Should Newer Tires Go?

rotateMany 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.

If you have any questions, Champtires’s staff is happy to assist you.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com. If you’re in the Pittsburgh-area, Champtires offers tire installation.

If you’re not in Pittsburgh, Champtires’ website prices are rock bottom – plus we offer free shipping on all orders!

Related:

Summer Tire Safety Tips

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires

How To Have A Happy and Less Expensive 4th of July Road Trip

flagtiresPlanning a road trip for the Fourth of July?

USA Today’s Gary Strauss is reporting that gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2008. But don’t let that worry you – you can still have a fun, safe and affordable holiday vacation with high-quality used tires from Champtires.

Make sure your tires are ready before you start packing up the car. Not only is driving on tires with adequate tread much more safe for you, your passengers and others on the road around you, taking care of your tires before you leave will likely save you money and headaches if any problems arise while you’re out of town.

Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow.

To learn how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.

Not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com. If you’re in the Pittsburgh-area, Champtires offers tire installation.

If you’re not in Pittsburgh, Champtires’ website prices are rock bottom – plus we offer free shipping on all orders!

Safe travels, and Happy Fourth of July!

Related:

Summer Tire Safety Tips

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires

Summer Tire Safety Tips

beachTire safety is important all year long, but the warmer months present a few unique challenges to tire quality.

Long road trips, higher temperatures, hauling heavy loads and driving faster all put additional stress on your tires. Here are a few summer tire safety tips:

  • You should check your tires regularly for wear and tear, but if you’re planning any driving vacations or weekend trips away, it’s imperative to inspect your tires before you leave. Finding any potential problems before you head out will increase your safety and could save you a lot of money in the long run. For tips on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
  • Check your tire tread. Worn tread can cause a myriad of problems from unexpected blowouts to hydroplaning to your brakes not functioning properly. Click here to learn how to check your tire tread levels. If your tire tread levels are low, do not worry, Champtires can get you the tread levels you need in the brand name you trust – all at a very low cost.
  • Also check your tires’ sidewalls for any imperfections or bulges.
  • Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Check the pressure often, preferably when the tires are cold. And, don’t forget to check your spare tire! Note that the tire pressure listed on your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve as notification of the correct pressure.
  • Do not overload your car or truck. Your vehicle and tires are designed to only operate safely up to their hauling limits. Carrying too much weight creates excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure and an accident.
  • If your tires are not inflating properly, 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. Find out why buying used tires is a great option.

In the Pittsburgh area? Shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 – Champtires also offers tire installation.

If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, visit Champtires.com for the lowest prices on used tires on the Internet – plus we offer free shipping!

Questions? Call 412-462-3000 or email support@champtires.com.

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Make Sure Your Tires Are Road-Trip Ready

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires