Beat the Heat.
Summertime, and the Drivin’ Is Easy...But It Can Be Safer and Cheaper
- If this summer calls for a road trip, schedule your vehicle for an Oil Change service at Tread Quarters. We’ll check your car from bumper to bumper—including fluid levels, belts, hoses, brakes and tires—to ensure that your getaway is safe and hassle free.
- Watch the lead foot. You can save 25% on gas by driving 55 miles per hour on the expressways, instead of 70 miles per hour. That’s like getting a dollar back for every gallon that you put in your tank.*
- Boost your fuel economy an additional 10% by cutting out jackrabbit starts and stops. Gradual acceleration and deceleration is easier on your engine and brakes. Total savings—now $1.40 per gallon.
- When’s the last time you checked the air in your tires? When you switched from your winter treads? Keep your tires inflated to the correct pressure and you can save an additional 3% on gas, extend tread wear and prevent blowouts. Stop by Tread Quarters for a courtesy tire inspection and fill. Your good driver discount now totals $1.52 per gallon!
- Pack light to avoid putting luggage on top of the car. If must use the luggage rack, secure all items for safety. Better yet, invest in an aerodynamic carrier.
- On long trips, you’ll be tempted to allow your kids to sprawl in the back seat or cargo area. Don’t. Serious injury can result if you have to stop quickly or are involved in an accident.
- Take along water and healthy snacks. Keep a basic first aid kit in the glove box. Make frequents stops to rest, stretch your legs and stay alert.
- Car seats and booster seats, particularly buckles, can become extremely hot in the summer sun. Test them with your hand before buckling in children.
- Your parked car is no place for children or pets. Never leave them unattended, even for a short while. The temperature inside can reach a deadly 100 degrees or more.
- Driving in your neighborhood this summer watch for walkers, joggers, skateboarders and bikers. Be prepared for kids playing in front yards to dart into the road. Take care in backing out of your driveway.
In summer, driving conditions are optimal for most motorists to use their all-season radial tires. If you use your vehicle for recreation, however, you might need a heavy duty or performance tire. Load index and temperature grade are important considerations if you pull a trailer or haul cargo. An “A” temperature resistance grade is recommended for towing. Off-road vehicles require deep, heavy duty treads. Check your owner’s manual for specifications.
If you plan to buy new tires this summer, consider how you will use your vehicle year round. If you commute long distances, select a tire with a superior treadwear rating. To get the most out of your tire investment, look for tires with rating of at least 300. An all-season tire will provide sufficient traction in rain or light snow, but in the northeast you will want to consider snow tires for winter.
Tread Quarters is your source for the best selection and lowest prices on passenger, truck, performance and economy tires. Our experts look forward to helping you select a set of tires designed for your vehicle and the way you drive. You can even shop online before you buy. Just fill in the search boxes by brand, vehicle or tire size. Then, request your installation online.
*Based on a gasoline price of $4 per gallon. Sources: U.S. Department of Energy’s Gas Mileage Tips.