How to Get the Most Out of Your Tires

Tires are a big investment; it makes sense that you should take good care of them. This includes getting the most out of them that you can. Stretching your dollar further while still staying safe is key. Tires are not cheap – even if you go the rock bottom price route, you could still end up paying $400 between tires, mounting, balancing, taxes and disposal fees. Get the most miles possible out of them with these tips on long tire life:

Check Tire Pressure

It’s important to regularly check your tire pressure. This is for your safety just as much as it is for the lifespan of your tires. Underinflated tires tend to wear unevenly, reducing your fuel economy because of the increased rolling resistance. That resistance also translates to more heat, which breaks down the tires’ internal structure and shortens their lives. All it takes to shorten your tire’s life by 25% is for it to be underinflated by just five to six pounds.

Rotate Tires

This is another important regular task. Because no car features even weight distribution from front to rear, your tires need to be rotated on a regular basis. A good time to get this done is when you get an oil change, or about every 6,000 miles. Uneven wear happens due to the engine putting more weight on the front wheels, making them wear differently as your car’s weight and momentum shifts to the front when you brake.

In addition, your front tires are impacted by the effects of different forces while cornering. Rotating the tires will shift their positions on the vehicle to even out that wear, making sure they all wear at the same rate.

Check the Wheel Alignment

A car or truck in need of a wheel alignment wears the front tires unevenly. This is due to the out-of-spec wheel attempting to drag the vehicle in a different direction. This is also what  causes that tell-tale pull to one side when you are trying to drive in a straight line. Be aware of the signs of poor wheel alignment, and make sure you get a wheel alignment when necessary.

Drive Responsibly

Obey the speed limit and don’t try anything crazy, such as hard cornering or wheel spins when taking off. This will preserve your car’s tires and help them last their intended lifespan. This will only serve to save you money and hassle later.

Contact I&I Tires

If you are experiencing any of the above problems with your tires, schedule an appointment with us today online or call us at 404-857-0840.

 

 

How to Avoid a Tire Blowout on the Road

…and what to do when it happens

Tire blowouts can be scary to see while on the roadways, let alone experience first-hand. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 738 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2017 in tire-related crashes.

Here are some steps you can take to make sure your tires are highway ready.

Monitor Your Tire Pressure

Incorrect tire pressure is one of the leading causes of blowouts. Your car’s TPMS continuously monitors the pressure of the tires, displaying a warning on your dash when they get too low. But while this system helps alert you to tire pressure issues, it cannot repair them. Many people ignore this warning when it comes up, which can lead to dangerous blowouts.

Listen to all dashboard indicators, and it’s also a good idea to manually check your tire pressure once a month with a tire pressure gauge – especially in extreme temperatures. Did you know that cold weather can cause the air in your tires to condense? This lowers the pressure. On the other hand, hot air causes it to expand, and your TPMS generally doesn’t alert you to over-filled tires.

Replace Worn Tires

According to U.S. News & World Report, all-season tires usually last between 50,000 to 70,000 miles or six to 10 years. Not sure if you need to change them out? The easiest way is to check the tread. If you see a deep tread, you’ve got good traction. When the depth of your tread reaches 4/32 of an inch, be on alert – you should replace your tires when it reaches 2/32 of an inch.

Try sticking a penny in the groove of your tire with Lincoln’s head down. If you are able to see Lincoln’s whole head, then it’s time to invest in new tires. Some tires have tread indicators, which are horizontal bars embedded in your tire that protrude 2/32 of an inch. When the rest of the tread has become level with the indicators, you should replace your tires.

Avoid Road Hazards

Road hazards, such as steep driveways and potholes, can also spur serious tire damage. In some cases, the impact from these obstacles is so severe that your tire will pop immediately. In other cases, the damage is done but goes unnoticed.

What to Do in a Blowout

  1. If you hear a loud pop before the car veers to the side, stay calm.
  2. Don’t follow your instincts and slam on the brakes, which can cause you to lose control of the vehicle. Grip the wheel tightly, holding it straight.
  3. Lightly press the gas pedal to maintain forward momentum.
  4. Once you regain control, ease off the gas and allow the car to slow down on its own. Apply the brakes once you hit about 30 MPH.
  5. Turn on your hazards as your car begins to decelerate.
  6. Work your way to the shoulder.
  7. Call I&I Tires. Our mobile tire shop will be on the scene quickly.

Contact I&I Tires

To learn more about how our 24-hour mobile tire shop can help in these instances, contact us in Atlanta or Smyrna today. Please note: we do NOT have a physical location; we are a mobile tire service only.

 

 

Benefits of Roadside Service in Atlanta

From short wait times to 24/7 convenience, there are many benefits associated with roadside service in Atlanta. So, what exactly is roadside service? In a nutshell, roadside service offers anything you would need in an emergency, such as jump starts, flat tire replacement or repair, and car fuel service. It also encompasses concierge services that bring the tire shop to you no matter where you are.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of 24/7 roadside service:

1.    Peace of Mind

All vehicles, even the newest ones, can fall victim to typical roadside headaches such as dead batteries, flat tires and misplaced keys, but AAA says that vehicles older than 10 years are 4x more likely to come across a problem serious enough to need a tow. The most common types of serious breakdowns include:

  • Battery and electrical problems
  • Overheated engine or cooling system failures
  • Tire damage that can’t be fixed by the side of the road

Having peace of mind knowing you can ring your trusted mobile roadside assistance mechanic is invaluable. Whether you’re a parent worried about their teen driver, or a commuter who travels on the roadways for a few hours each day, you can’t beat the peace of mind that comes with the assurances of someone being there to help you if you should need it.

2.    One-Stop-Shop

A mobile tire shop that does it all, from jump starts to car fueling to tire replacement, means you don’t have to call a bunch of places to get different services done. With a one-stop-shop, you make ONE phone call for anything you need while broken down on the side of the road. Plus, a local one-stop-shop is even better because you know they’ll be there quicker than a national chain.

3. Safety

Breaking down on a busy highway or main street can be very dangerous. Just call roadside assistance and they will come to the rescue to get you out of a bad situation fast. The more time you spend broken down on the side of the road, the higher your chances of getting hit or worse.

4. Convenience

Having a 24/7 mobile tire shop on speed dial saves you time in the event you need their services. You don’t have to call around and try to find a mechanic open when you need one, especially late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. When stranded on the side of the road at night or in inclement weather, time is even more of the essence. Quick service saves you time, headache and money.

Contact I&I Tires

To learn more about how our roadside service can help you, contact us in Atlanta today. Please note: we do NOT have a physical location; we are a mobile tire service only.

Benefits of Using a 24-Hour Mobile Tire Shop in Atlanta

You’re busy. You use your car… A LOT. You don’t have time for tire blowouts, leaks or other issues. What if there was a 24-hour mobile tire shop in Atlanta you could call to come out to your location and fix your tire? Well, they exist, and here are the top benefits of using one:

1.    No Upselling

Most 24/7 mobile tire shops, I&I included, only do tires. That’s it. They’re not there to sell you extra services or convince you to buy something you don’t need. This means your time is not wasted, you don’t have to listen to a sales pitch and you can rest assured you’re getting quick service, usually within the hour.

2.    No Overhead

With 24/7 tire shops, you’re not paying for them to keep their doors open. A completely mobile tire shop only hires technicians and has some trucks and equipment. That’s it. No expensive overhead to pad the service costs. In the end, you only pay a fair price for the services you need without the fluff.

3.    Fast Service

A mobile tire shop that JUST fixes and installs tires isn’t wasting time with other, more costly or time consuming services for clients. This means you don’t have to wait long to get service. Best yet, even if you blow a tire at 2 a.m., quick service is a reality. Who wants to have to call a tow truck and wait till morning to get their tire patched?

4.     Saves Time

Every minute you sit around and wait for your tire to be fixed is a huge waste of time – time that could be better spent making money at work, picking up your kids from school – whatever it is, you’re losing productive time when you take your car to a traditional corner shop and leave it there.

5.    Saves Money

Again, because you’re only getting your tire fixed, there’s no chance you’ll walk away from the transaction with a lengthy bill of stuff you were sold that you don’t need. How many times have you gone in for a simple checkup and left with an oil change, alignment, fluid top-off, and muffler replacement? Even if those issues do exist, this isn’t the day to do them. You need to get going on the road, fast, and you certainly weren’t budgeting for those things this month. With a mobile tire shop, you pay for what you need and move on.

So, as you can see, there are many benefits to using a 24-hour mobile tire shop in Atlanta!

Contact I&I Tires

To learn more about how our 24-hour mobile tire shop can help you, contact us in Atlanta today. Please note: we do NOT have a physical location; we are a mobile tire service only.