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What About Your Tire Tread Depth

Tire Deals Olive HillOlive Hill racing enthusiasts have probably heard of racing slicks. Now, slicks have no tread, but they give race cars maximum traction on dry KY racetracks. Insert a little water into the equation, however, and slicks can’t maintain control. Because there is nowhere for the water to go, the tire rides on top of a thin film of water and slides all over the place.

Carter street tires have treads that are designed to move water out from under the tire so that it can grip the road. The deeper the tread, the more water it can move. As tires wear they have progressively less traction on wet Olive Hill roads. That means longer stopping distances and less traction in corners.

So having enough tire tread is essential for the safety of Olive Hill auto owners. There have been tests comparing stopping distances of vehicles with new tires and those with worn tires. The vehicle with worn tires is still traveling at a high rate of speed at the point at which the vehicle with new tires has already stopped. That could be the difference between getting home safely and a serious accident on a surface street or interstate.

Many KY safety experts recommend you replace your tires when your tread is worn down to a depth of 4/32ths of an inch. That’s the distance to George Washington’s head when a quarter is inserted upside down into the tread of a properly inflated tire.

You may have heard of the same test using a penny. That gives you about 2/32ths of an inch of tread. The studies have shown a significant safety benefit in replacing tires with the quarter standard. Ask your caring Porter Tire & Auto service specialist to have your tires checked to see how much life you have left in them.

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Porter Tire & Auto
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

At Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill KY (41164) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 606.286.4484. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

 

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Time For New Tires In Olive Hill?

Tire Mounting Olive HillA lot of factors go into selecting new tires: traction, Olive Hill weather conditions, handling, load capacity, gas mileage, tread life, looks, warranty and price. KY driving conditions vary from highway commuting to rock crawling; from blistering deserts to the frozen tundra – and everything in between. Your Porter Tire & Auto tire professional can help you strike the proper balance.

If you’re happy with your current wheels, then talk with your Olive Hill tire professional about where you drive, if you tow or carry heavy loads, if you’re sensitive to tire noise – things like that. He or she can suggest options appropriate for your particular needs.

Olive Hill drivers looking for new wheels need to keep in mind some practical matters. For example, you may want large wheels and low profile tires for your SUV. But if you plan to do some off-roading around the Carter area, there may not be low profile tires that work well in dirt and mud – and low profile tires won’t protect your rims from rocks leading to damage. You need a tire and wheel combination that meets all your needs.

Also, key electronic safety systems like anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are calibrated for a specific rolling diameter tire. If you’re going larger or smaller, the systems need to be recalibrated to work as intended.

Along the same lines, extremely large tires and wheels may not fit inside your wheel wells causing the tires to rub when you turn or go over bumps. You may require suspension modifications to safely accommodate the look you’re going after. Same goes for very small tires and wheels.

Just talk to your caring Porter Tire & Auto tire professional for ideas to help you get the look you want with a tire that meets your safety and performance needs.

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Porter Tire & Auto
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

At Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill KY (41164) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 606.286.4484. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Chilling In Carter With Winter Tires

Best Price On Snow Tires Olive HillThere’s more to winter tires than Olive Hill drivers may think. Those days of clunky, tractor-like snow tires are long gone in KY, replaced by high-tech winter tires with special rubber compounds and advanced tread designs.

In Olive Hill winter temperatures, the rubber in summer tires becomes hard and inflexible and they don’t grip the road as well. In contrast, winter tires use special rubber compounds that are more pliable when the thermometer drops below 45 degrees in KY giving you better road contact; so even if you don’t get much snow, winter tires will really add to your cold weather safety in Olive Hill.

Winter tires may also use a micro-pore rubber compound that increases surface area so they can bite into ice and packed snow on Olive Hill roads and expressways.

The tread on winter tires needs to clear out water, snow and slush as the tire turns so it’s ready to take another bite when it comes back in contact with the road. But summer tires can actually be dangerous because they get packed with snow, making them very slick, and your vehicle hard to control. Winter tires have a lot of thin slits in the tread called sipes which help the tire grab ice and packed snow, providing extra traction.

Many new vehicles in Carter come with all-season tires which are great for a wide range of Carter weather and road conditions, but don’t provide top performance in KY snow and ice. For example winter tires provide 25 to 50% more traction than all-season tires. And all-season tires take up to 42% longer to stop than winter tires in slick Grahn conditions.

For all these reasons, the tire experts at Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill recommend you put winter tires on all four wheels because it makes sense to have equal traction and handling at all four corners of your vehicle. Uneven traction could result in loss of control for Carter drivers.

Your vehicle may be equipped with stability control, anti-lock brakes and traction control – all important safety systems for KY drivers. But in order to do their job you still need good traction in Emerson. Winter tires help you start, stop and corner when things get cold and slippery in Olive Hill.

So when Carter temperatures drop below 45 degrees, be sure you have a set of four winter tires for maximum performance in snow, ice and wet Olive Hill roads. Your caring Porter Tire & Auto tire professional can help you find the right winter tire for your vehicle and driving needs in Olive Hill.

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Porter Tire & Auto
606.286.4484
18361 West US 60
Olive Hill, KY 41164

At Porter Tire & Auto in Olive Hill KY (41164) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 606.286.4484. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.

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Tire Review: Goodyear Eagles Are Like Track Shoes For Your Car

I’ve recently been getting a crash course in tires and have been fortunate enough to attend a few ride-and-drive events to test out a few of the new tires on the market, including a recent event hosted by Goodyear to introduce and test out their new all-season Eagle Sport tires. What an eye-opening experience! I had no idea how much I didn’t know.

Goodyear-eagle-sport-all-season-tire-testTires affect everything from fuel efficiency and handling to braking distances and ride quality. No matter what type of vehicle you drive, its ultimate road performance is determined Continue reading