Ashlee Monroe

I was born with a silver tire pressure gauge in my mouth. My whole life, it’s just been tires, tires, tires. Ask anybody. No, really. Do it. Don’t believe me? I knew you guys were smart. The truth is, I’m your average twenty-something. I listen to indie rock. I dream of becoming a famous novelist. I have a little doggie, and if anyone tries to convince me that she’s not the most adorable thing in the world, we’re gonna have a problem. I’m a writer by trade, and part of what goes along with that is a pretty strong set of research skills. I’ve spent the past few years studying tires and the people who make and sell them. I’ve been able to gain expertise in everything from tire design and engineering to the automakers who use them on their new vehicles. Working in the tire and automotive industry has given me insight into maintenance and repair of my own car that I wish I’d had years ago – and that’s why I’m blogging for you guys to spare you some headaches. So, from a tire-smart blogger to tire-smart you, I hope you find what you’re looking for on our page.

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It’s not “Goodbye.” It’s “See You Later.”

Actually, it really is “goodbye.” But I hate that word! Not to mention that it doesn’t really feel like I’m leaving, per se. Yes, my time as a Right Lane blogger comes to an end today. However, unlike Jeff, I’m not taking a road trip across the country. I’m actually just going down the stairs and around the corner. I’m making a transition that’s really exciting for me. I’m going … Continue reading

Michelin and Porsche Make a New Tire for the Carrera GT

You know how we’re always saying that the right tires for your vehicle make a big difference in the performance of whatever you drive? Well, here’s some proof. Automakers and tire manufacturers work together to produce tires for specific vehicles to make sure they perform at their peaks. One such team, Porsche and Michelin, recently finished a tire specifically for the Carrera GT sports car. It’s a version of the … Continue reading

Continental Collaborates on Remembrance Rescue Project

The 12th anniversary of 9/11 was just a couple of weeks ago. Most of us remember where we were when we first heard the news, and we commemorate the day each year. The nonprofit group Remembrance Rescue Project works to keep the events of 9/11 and the efforts of the heroic first responders top of mind for Americans who were too young to understand or who were born after 9/11. … Continue reading

Michelin Turns Yellowstone Green

This isn’t your usual “green tires” story. Michelin North America Inc. has just renewed a five-year partnership with Yellowstone National Park to help the park reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and its fleet and road maintenance budget. Michelin originally made the agreement to assist Yellowstone with its tire replacement needs after a 2007 study commissioned by the Yellowstone Park Foundation examined the park’s greenhouse gas levels. Michelin started the partnership … Continue reading

That’s Not What She Ordered — Bride Gets eBay Revenge

Do you/did you have a dream wedding cake? One bride did, and when her big day came, she found out that the bakery she hired didn’t deliver what she asked for. All she wanted was a three-tiered cake decorated to look like three tires. (We love her taste.) Instead, she got a gray, barely recognizable version of the cake in the picture she gave the baker. To exact a little … Continue reading

Traffic Jam Etiquette

Ever get into one of those traffic jams that happen for seemingly no reason? Seriously, why is everybody stopped? There’s no accident. There’s no backed up exit. What is it? Did everyone just decide all at once that it would be fun to slow down my commute? I’m going to be late for my morning meeting, and my boss is going to put this on my permanent record, and the … Continue reading

Pirelli Quiets Down Tires from Inside

There’s nothing new about tire companies offering tires with a “smooth, quiet ride.” Many passenger tires fit this bill today. Many tire makers have proprietary technologies to deal with the noise from vibrations caused by the tire tread pattern rolling against the road — and they work. But one tire maker is taking this a step further to address customer demand for a quiet ride and tightening European Union regulations … Continue reading

Make Waves in Traffic Jams

Lines. Nobody likes waiting in them. Well, almost nobody. Most of us try to rush through lines, making them move as fast as possible so that we can get on with our days. Traffic jams are no different. The minute the car in front of you starts moving, you let off the brakes to move a few feet (or inches) forward. But did you know that you’re actually making the … Continue reading

New-Vehicle Sales Rebound, Point to Economic Health

It’s no secret that the past 5 years have been tough for the auto industry when it comes to new-vehicle sales. But data from Autodata Corp. for June 2013 show a strong increase in sales that harkens back to numbers seen before the recession hit. Automakers sold 1.4 million cars and light trucks in June. This pace puts 2013 on track to be the best year for new-car sales since … Continue reading

What’s the Best Kind of Car Wash?

“Wash me.” We’ve all seen this helpful hint etched into a layer of dust on a stranger’s (or maybe our own) car. When your car gets grimy, what’s your go-to routine? Do you run it through the laser wash? Swing by the gas station for an automated scrub-down? Or maybe you’re the type of vehicle owner who hand washes, waxes, and dries your masterpiece. There are pros and cons to … Continue reading