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

Tires Key To Improving Gas Mileage

fuel economyGas 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.

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

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

We Asked, You Answered: Why Buy Used Tires?

Why Buy Used Tires?
Photo by Loren De Marco: http://lorendemarcophoto.com/.

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.

[Read more: Why Buy Used Tires?]

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!”

We loved reading these responses! If you want to participate in our next contest, be sure to send us a friend request.

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:

Why Buy Used Tires?

Summer Tire Safety Tips

The Dangers of Driving With Worn 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