Even with the most intelligent all-wheel-drive system and the best handling on the market, a car is only as good as its tires. Winter weather is the ultimate test of a tire since you’ll need plenty traction to power through water, slush, snow and salt.

In low temperatures, winter tires shovel and pump water out of the way while gripping the snow to keep your car steady and going in the right direction. Winter tires are an investment in traction – and peace of mind.

Levin Tire in Northwest Indiana has rounded up the top seven winter tires so you can have the right tools for the job in colder months.

What Happens if I Don’t Change the Oil in My Car?

Oil is an essential lubricant in your car’s engine, letting metal press against metal without damage. Without it, constant metal-on-metal friction produces so much heat that the surfaces could weld together, causing the engine to seize.

Regular oil changes keep your engine in top condition. But what happens if you don’t change your oil?

As we head into 2017, we think about getting back into good habits. This year, why not add a commitment to car care to your list? Good vehicle maintenance makes sense for prolonging and protecting the life of your car and tires, as well as your safety on the road.

Levin Tire in Northwest Indiana has compiled a simple list of car and tire care tips.

car buying

It might seem unreasonable to make a large investment right after the holidays, but January is a golden opportunity for car buyers. Even if you’re not ready to make a vehicle purchase in early 2017, you should still understand what makes January the prime month to buy.

Why?

1. Slow Month for Retail
Many consumers tighten their belts to start the New Year off on the right foot and recover from holiday spending. Disposable income goes towards smaller purchases, while more expensive purchases, like cars, get pushed out for a few months.

tire balancing

Northwest Indiana drivers want their tires to last as long as possible. To extend tire life, Levin Tire recommends regular wheel balancing and tire rotations.

If your car wobbles and vibrates when you’re driving, your wheels may be out of balance. Unbalanced wheels cause tires to wear in a cupping pattern. If a front wheel is out of balance, you’ll feel the steering wheel shake. If a rear wheel needs balancing, your seat will vibrate. To fix the issue, your service specialist at Levin Tire puts weights on your wheels to balance them out.