How to Make Your Tires Last 10 Years



Chances are, there's some source less bit of knowledge rattling around in your head. You don't know how it got there or where it came from, but you believe it. Maybe your convictions on tire life falls into that category. We've always held that that our favorite round rubber bits had a use life of about two years before age had a serious negative impact on performance. Turns out, we were wrong. Way wrong.

 

Woody Rodgers, a tire product information specialist, has been with Tire Rack for sixteen years, and he says that given proper storage and care, tires can last you up to a decade.

"I won't say a tire has the shelf life of gravel," Rodgers said, "but it's close to that."

When properly stored in a climate controlled warehouse, tires have an almost unlimited shelf life, and once they're on the road, proper care can add many years to a tire's life.

"In general, we see six years of service with no more than 10 years of total life since manufacture." 

Rodgers calls this the 6 or 10 rule, and those two numbers are important. In this case, service is any time the tire is on the vehicle, in use, or stored outside. Exposure to ozone or UV rays shortens that lifespan, as do wide swings in temperature.

Of course, that all depends on where you live and how you drive.

"The reality is, service life can vary so much from one driver to another and one part of the country to another, that it's really difficult to say that it's X [years]," Rodgers said.

Instead of marking a date on your calendar, Rodgers recommends inspecting and maintaining your tires every month. Keep an eye out for cracks in the sidewall caused by either sun exposure or under inflation, and monitor your tread depth. Most of us rely on the wear bars on the tires themselves, or the ancient penny test to tell us when it's time to swap shoes, but Rodgers says that's a problem.

 

Wear bars usually present themselves at 2/32 tread depth, which is fine for dry climates like Los Angeles or Phoenix, but not so great for parts of the country that see regular rain. Instead, 4/32 of tread depth is the minimum safe threshold for evacuating water from beneath the tire and reducing the chance of hydroplaning. How do you measure 4/32 without a depth gauge? Rodgers says if you can stick a quarter in the tread and not see the top of Washington's head, you're in good shape. If you can, it's time for new rubber.

Likewise, snow and all-season tires require even more depth to effectively evacuate snow and slush: about 6/32.

Then there's inflation. Rodgers says tires naturally loose about 1 psi per month on average, and lose or gain 1 psi for every 10 degree drop or increase in ambient temperature. Those changes require regular monitoring and adjustment, and your vehicle's tire pressure monitoring system may not be up to the task.

Most systems are calibrated to alert the driver about a low tire only after the pressure has dropped below 75 percent of the recommended figure. Rodgers says that's well past the point of damaging the tire and shortening its life, to say nothing of sucking down your fuel economy. For the best reading, check your tire pressures with a good gauge in the cool ambient air of the morning – not in your garage.

And what about storage? Rodgers says that for most street tires, it doesn't matter whether they're stacked on the sidewall or stood up on their tread, mounted or unmounted. As long as your tires are out of sunlight, away from ozone, and in an environment with a stable temperature, you're good to go.

 

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What is Full Coverage? Understanding your Car and Auto Insurance Policy


Do you know what the term "full Coverage" actually means when it comes to your Car or Auto Insurance policy? 
The truth is that "full Coverage" is a very loose term that does not have an exact definition. Insurance companies do not offer a full Coverage option for you to pick. The term full coverage is generally associated with comprehensive coverage and collision coverage but can be interpreted many ways.
State Minimum Requirements
Every state in the U.S. has the ability to set its own state minimum requirements for auto insurance. In the State of Florida, The state minimum requirements include 10,000 per person and 20,000 per accident for bodily injury liability and 10,000 in Personal Injury Protection.

Comprehensive
Physical damage for all the things that can happen to your vehicle other than a collision is covered by comprehensive coverage. Full coverage cannot be possible without comprehensive coverage.

Collision
The collision is the coverage that gives you the broadest coverage and is always included in full coverage auto insurance. Collision coverage ensures your vehicle will be covered regardless of what causes the damage. Collision covers damage for all accidents and since collision cannot be purchased without comprehensive coverage anything other than an accident will still be covered.

Additional Coverage that is not necessarily included with Full Coverage 

Towing

Car Rental Coverage

Uninsured Motorist

To be sure you are fully protected from every scenario it is a good idea to talk with your agent and ask him to explain what your policy covers and what optional coverages are available.

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Prepare For A Spring Road Trip By Keeping Your Car In Good Shape With An Auto Warranty



A really fun family activity during the spring is a road trip. Although road trips are fun, stress and frustration often occur for families while out on the road. Be sure to keep in mind the following tips in order to make certain that your family’s trip is a great one.

The best thing to do to prepare for a road trip is to get your family car in tip-top shape. Be sure to give the car a good tune-up because there is no worse hassle than experiencing a vehicle breakdown while out on your road trip. Be sure to have an auto warranty for your car so that the necessary maintenance and repairs won’t drain your wallet.

Also, be sure to plan ahead so that during the trip, your family knows what is going on. This can relieve stress and make things go a lot smoother. In addition, make certain that you invest in a GPS so that you get to your intended destination as planned.

However, it is impossible to predict when you will run into bumps in the road such as traffic and road construction. These occurrences are inevitable, so keep calm and don’t stress so that you and your family can enjoy the road trip.

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