carcheckApril is National Car Care Month, which means now is the perfect time to make sure your vehicle is running it best so you can enjoy all those spring and summer roads trips you have planned.

Winter can be especially hard on your vehicle, which is why it is important to make sure everything is running the way it should before you head out on any long excursion. There are a number of checks that you can easily perform on your vehicle:

  • Make sure all of the fluid levels in your vehicle
  • All headlights, brake lights and license plate lights should be fully functional
  • Make sure none of your belts are worn and need replaced
  • Front windshield wipers should be working at their best
  • Check the wear on your tire
  • Make sure your battery has plenty of life

enginecheckroutineThe average American now keeps their car for more than 11 years. If you plan to keep your car for this long, it’s a good idea for you to stay on top of your car’s maintenance schedule.

While It can be tempting to skip scheduled maintenance checks in order to save a couple of dollars here and there, research shows that avoiding these routine repairs can end up costing you more money in the long-run. For example, if you skip checking your brake pads, you may end up damaging your rotors. This damage means that you will then have to replace both the brake pads and the rotors, which is a very expensive repair.

A great first step toward making sure you are staying on top of your car’s maintenance schedule is to refer to your owner’s manual. Each manual includes a service schedule for your specific vehicle. It is especially important to follow this schedule if you perform most of your own maintenance on your car.

Michelin North America recently unveiled the T/A KSI, a new BFGoodrich winter tire that will give drivers better grip and traction on snowy roads.

The completely redesigned tire has directional tread and a T-speed rating, and is replacing the Slalom KSI. Major highlights of the redesign include additional silica in the tire to enhance grip in sub-freezing temperatures while a serrated shoulder profile will give drivers better control in deep snow.

For when the snow begins to melt, the T/A KSI has wide lateral grooves and a large circumferential that will help with clearing out water and slush while casing protectors will help protect the tire from being damaged by salt and stone.

Members of the press were able to see the tires perform on a closed course, where it performed well when it was tested for handling ice braking, slalom and mixed elements.

roadhazardsA number of customers ask us questions about the Road Hazard Tire Protection warranty that can be purchased in addition to getting a new set of tires. If you are thinking about getting new tires, it is important to know what Road Hazard Tire Protection covers so you know whether or not you want to purchase the warranty along with your new tires.

hydroplaningSpring is around the corner and that means lots and lots of rain.

Just like during the snowy months, it’s important to have good tire tread in the spring.

You might think that driving on ice is more dangerous than driving through rainwater, but if your tires have insufficient tread depth, a heavy rain can lead to serious trouble.

When the water on the road can’t funnel through your tires’ tread fast enough, your car literally starts to ride on the surface of the water. And since your tires are no longer in contact with the ground, you lose the ability to steer the car.