Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Why Tire Safety Is So Important

With winter in full strength...it's time to talk tire safety.  So many of us just jump in our cars and drive off to work, the mall or wherever without even thinking about tire safety.  Typically, we only think about it when something goes wrong.  By that time, it's too late. Nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road.  So here are a few things to consider in order to keep your tires safe.

1. Don't mix tires. It's generally a good idea to have all 4 tires match or at least match in pairs.  However, some 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles require 4 matching tires. If you run into a problem and have only 1 tire fails, make sure the replacement is the same size and tread pattern as the rest, and preferably the same brand. 

2. Tire rotation is imperative.  No vehicles have even weight distribution.  And since the front tires are used for steering and in many vehicles propulsion, this makes them more susceptible to additional wear.  Tires should be rotated at 5,000 mile intervals. The good news here is if you buy your tires from Town Fair Tire.  We will rotate your tires every 5,000 miles for free!

3. Check your air pressure regularly.  Believe it or not, tires can lose air through the valve over time.  Low tire pressure is a huge safety concern.  When the tire is below the vehicle recommended tire pressure, your car can handle differently.  Not to mention a tire with very low air pressure can blow out due to abnormal stresses inflicted on the tire.  Every car or truck requires different PSI so check the drivers side door jam for the recommended PSI per your vehicle. 

4. Inspect your tires tread depth.  In most states 2/32" is considered the minimum safe tread depth. Most people don't own a tire tread depth tool, so the easy way to check this is insert a penny in the tread grooves, Lincoln head down.  If you can see any portion of the top of Lincolns head, your're below minimum tread depth and it's time to replace your tire. 

5. Nothing is better than a quick visual inspection. Inspecting your tires can help you find punctures or other visible signs of damage that could necessitate replacement. Every time you fill up at the gas station it's a good idea to walk around the car and first see if each tire looks properly inflated. Always check for damage to the sidewall or tread. And it's not a bad idea to turn the wheels to the side to check for any irregular wear patters in your front tires that could indicate a faulty wheel alignment.


Don't get stuck on the side of the road.  Take tire safety seriously!  If you have any questions, or feel like you need an extra set of eyes to take a look at your tires. Feel free to stop by into any one of our 91+ Town Fair Tire locations and an associate will be happy to assist you.  Visit www.townfairtire.com to use our store locator.     

Monday, December 21, 2015

5 Tips for Winter-Proofing Your Car


With winter off to a slow start here in New England this year, lets not forget that January, February and March are still ahead of us!  Old Man Winter will make his appearance sooner than later.  That's why it's a good time to start preparing now for those hazardous winter road conditions. 

We recently cam across these tips that are simple, very inexpensive and so unusual we just had to pass them along:

1.) Ice-proof your windows with vinegar: Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray it on all your car windows at night.  Vinegar contains acetic acid, which raises the melting point of water, which prevents water from freezing.  Spray it in the evening and your windows will be clear of ice in the morning. 

2.)  Keep your headlights clear with car wax: Slush, snow and road salt are horrible for your headlights. When it sticks, it can be very dangerous to drive.  The good news is you can fix this by wiping regular car wax on your headlights and buffing if off as you would your paint.  Car wax contains special water repellents that will prevent the snowy mess from building up. 

3.)  Squeak-proof your wipers with rubbing alcohol:  Pour the rubbing alcohol on a cloth and wife down the wiper blades.  The rubbing alcohol will clean the buildup of grease and grime on your wiper blades, which is the main culprit of malfunctioning wiper blades. 

4:) De-Ice your lock in seconds with hand sanitizer:  Most cars now have wireless key locks.  But for those of us who still have to insert a key into a lock to get into our car...this can pose a problem when your car is covered with ice.  Simple fix...just put some hand sanitizer gel on the key and lock. Just make sure your hand sanitizer has at least 60% alcohol because its the alcohol that keeps it from freezing. 

5:) Get unstuck from the snow with your floor mat:  Don't panic if you get stuck in the snow. Turn your car off and put it in park. Stick the rubber side of one of your floor mats under the spinning tire. Turn the car back on and give it some gas and the mat will provide you the grip you need to get going again!

Good luck this winter. If you want to add to your winter planning...be sure to hit the roads with a new set of winter tires.  Visit www.townfairtire.com for the largest selection of winter tires in New England!