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Texting and Driving Isn’t the Only Distracted Driving

With cell phones came calling while driving—not good, but at least your eyes are still on the road. With text messaging came texting while driving—and texting accidents. And finally, with smartphones and their apps came Googling, Facebooking, Snapchatting, Skyping,and heaven know what else while driving. No matter what you’re doing, it’s distracted driving if the road ahead of you is only getting a fraction of your attention. Distracted drivers are … Continue reading

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Tips for Driving in the Sun

Recently, I gave you some tips for driving in the rain. Now let’s talk about driving in the sun. Sun glare can make driving visibility just as bad as rain can, if not worse, because your eyes can only handle so much. Wear sunglasses Normal sunglasses will work just fine, but the best sunglasses for driving are polarized sunglasses because they can help further reduce glare. Use your sun visor … Continue reading

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How Long Do Tires Last?

Excellent question! There’s a simple answer and a more realistic answer. In general, new tires last around 60,000 miles, so if the average driver drives 15,000 miles a year, they’ll last roughly four years. But the more realistic answer depends on several factors. First let’s lay down some basic facts. All tires wear down as you drive on them. Treadwear defines how fast they wear down. To measure this, we … Continue reading

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Driving in the Rain Safety:
Because They Don’t Make Rain Tires

While it’s true that many of us think of rain as a springtime worry, we also know that summer can bring its own dose of the wet stuff. I’m here in Cleveland, and one of the biggest perks of living in the Midwest is a summer thunderstorm. So much fun! Unless, of course, you’re driving. While “rain tires” don’t necessarily exist, the grooves in any tire are designed to remove … Continue reading

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Summer Tires vs All-Season Tires

There are two key times of year for those of us who love tires. The first is when we change out our all-season or summer tires to winter and the second is when we switch our winter tires back to all-season or summer. Since it’s the second time of year, I thought it appropriate to revisit summer tires vs all-season tires. To really understand which tire is better, we need … Continue reading

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Summer Driving Safety—3 Hazards to Watch For

What’s the most dangerous time of year to drive? Winter seems like the obvious answer. But while white snow and white-knuckle driving can go hand-in-hand, summer driving has its own safety dangers. By some measures, summer is actually the most dangerous time of year for driving. Here are some summer driving safety hazards to watch for. 1 — Tire Issues Winter wreaks havoc on roads, and that havoc lingers around as … Continue reading

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Heat’s Affect on Tires

Each year, we’re experiencing warmer summers with near unbearable temperatures. What’s that mean for tires? Hot temperatures and tires don’t mix well and can negatively impact your safety. Hot weather can weaken your tires and lead to failure. I know we all want a perfect 90-degree beach day, but that means roughly 150 degrees on the pavement. Not to mention, tire pressure can increase by up to 5 psi in … Continue reading

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Mixing Tires is (Generally) a Bad Idea

Is it ok to put different tires on your car or truck? Most people don’t realize how important their tires are to the safety of their vehicle. And to be honest, before I started working for RightTurn.com, neither did I. That’s why this blog was started: to help educate everyone on why buying tires when you need them and from a tire retailer you can trust is so important. But … Continue reading

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The Spare Down There

Here’s a scenario that will make you think harder about spare tire pressure: You’re cruising down the road, heading to work, steady traffic, sun is shining, it’s almost the weekend, and you’re feeling good. You didn’t know you’d get a flat going past that construction site. At this point, maybe you’re perturbed, but you’ve changed a tire before. So you pop open the trunk and there’s your spare. There’s just … Continue reading

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Teen Driving Safety: Is Your Teen Ready for the Road?

When it comes to teen driving safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study in April of 2012 to show the truth behind teens and tire-related accidents. The study found that 12% of vehicles involved in accidents with inexperienced drivers involved tire-related issues. Conversely, only 5% of vehicles in accidents with experienced drivers were tire related. This statistic alone tells a very clear story about a preventable … Continue reading