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

defensive driving tips

Defensive Driving Tips

Even the most experienced and skilled drivers need some defensive driving tips. Being cautious benefits all drivers on the road, and can help prevent accidents. But did you know that it also helps prevent premature tire wear? There are many tactics that are fairly self-explanatory that cover being a defensive driver while also contributing to extending the life of your tires. Let’s take a look at a quick guide to … Continue reading

Car Apps to Track Everything from the Tires Up

No matter what smartphone you have, there are plenty of car apps to choose from. It’s just about using what’s most important, so you can be as safe and efficient on the road as possible. Let’s face it; keeping track of everything on your car is quite a challenge. Life gets in the way and suddenly you’re ignoring simple car maintenance tasks like checking your tire pressure. I know I … Continue reading

NY to LA on One Gallon of Gas

Less than one gallon, actually. That’s how much gas it would take the vehicle that won Shell’s annual competition for energy-efficient vehicles to travel from New York to Los Angeles. It achieved a mind-blowing fuel efficiency of 2,824 miles per gallon. The Eco-marathon Americas competition was held in Houston, and this the second win in a row for Quebec’s Université Laval. Even though the team one, they didn’t come close to … Continue reading

CAFE Standards and Tires

While Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards have been in place since 1975, there’s been a push by the government in recent years to increase them rapidly in the next 5 years, 10 years, and beyond. Automakers are in a race to meet the aggressive standard set for 2025 — an almost unimaginable 54.5 mpg. The regulation for 2016 model-year vehicles is 35.5 mpg. To meet the increasingly lofty new … Continue reading

Tires Look Good in Green

Are you looking for fuel-efficient, green tires? A report from Smithers Rapra says 28% of the tires on the market are green. By green, we mean the tires have low rolling resistance that makes them fuel efficient, or they were made from renewable or sustainable resources. Because of an increase in demand for green tires, their availability will only go up, according to the report. By 2017, Smithers Rapra expects … Continue reading

Michelin Challenge Design Showcases Innovation

Automotive designers are in a constant struggle to increase the fuel efficiency of their vehicles these days. To help answer that need, Michelin invited creative designers worldwide to reinvent not just the wheel but the whole car. The Michelin Challenge Design, a yearly event created by Michelin North America, Inc., is about way more than tires. It’s a contest that challenges designers to come up with vehicle concepts that accomplish … Continue reading