Tires

GM, Michelin to test airless tire prototype
GM, Michelin to test airless tire prototype

General Motors and Michelin said Tuesday that they will test an airless tire prototype called the Uptis. Uptis, which stands for "unique puncture-proof tire system," is designed to be puncture-proof, to last longer than a conventional tire, and to require less energy to produce. The airless tire...Read More»

Michelin X-Ice winter tires
Winter tires are smart thinking

Don’t call them snow tires. If you live where fall colors give way to snow and ice-covered roads, buying a set of winter tires may be a prudent decision. We recently put Michelin’s latest and greatest X-Ice Xi3 winter rubber to the test in a controlled setting—the hockey rink at...Read More»

Ferrari FF plays in the snow
Do you mount winter tires on your car? Our poll results

Millions of Americans got their first taste of winter snow this week, which made us wonder how many of those motorists went to the trouble of putting winter tires on their cars? In some parts of the country, winter tires (also known as snow tires) are considered a must. Their treads are designed to...Read More»

AAA roadside assistance statistics for 2015
Disappearing spare tires, keyless systems cause spike in roadside assistance calls

In America, the average car on the road is over 11 years old. You might think that all those "senior" vehicles would cause a spike in roadside assistance calls, but you'd only be half right. AAA says that it has, in fact, seen a sharp increase in the number of roadside assistance requests it...Read More»

AAA tire inflator evaluation
No More Junk In Your Trunk, Or, The Mystery Of The Disappearing Spare Tire

Doctors and nutritionists across the country confirm that Americans are packing on the pounds, but our cars are a very different story. In an effort to boost fuel economy, automakers are switching to lighter-weight materials, from aluminum to carbon fiber. They're also ditching a lot of equipment...Read More»

Tire fire from The Simpsons
Discount Tire Recalls Nearly 80,000 Tires For Possible Tread Separation & Loss Of Pressure

Discount Tire has issued a recall for nearly 80,000 tires manufactured between 2013 and 2015. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those tires may have been improperly constructed, making them more susceptible to rupture and, ultimately, loss of...Read More»

2015 Chevrolet Traverse LTZ
GM Stops Sale Of 2015 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia In Wake Of Goodyear Recall

General Motors spent most of 2014 juggling recalls, like the headline-grabbing "Switchgate" recall meant to repair ignition switches used in millions of GM vehicles. This year, however, one of GM's first safety actions has little to do with the company itself and everything to do with Goodyear...Read More»

2014 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
2014 Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country Recalled For Tire Pressure Monitors

Chrysler has issued two new recalls, both designed to fix problems associated with tire pressure monitors. The one likely to affect more individual consumers involves the 2014 Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country. ALSO SEE: AeroMobil 3.0 Takes To The Skies, So Yeah...Read More»

'In the Garage' tire safety infographic  -  NHTSA
Six Life-Saving Tips About Tires

Tires aren't just treads we replace once every few years. They help us maneuver safely and avoid accidents; and the grip and security they provide is not to be taken lightly. Each year, there are nearly 11,000 tire-related crashes, and nearly 200 people die each year from those crashes. And...Read More»

Checking tire pressure - AAA
Half Of U.S. Drivers Don't Recognize Tire-Pressure Warning Light

Driving with properly inflated tires makes cars safer and more efficient, and tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are designed to help alert drivers to underinflated tires. The only problem is that a study funded by Shrader International – the company that makes tire inflation valve stems...Read More»

TireCheck app
Can You Check Your Car's Tire Pressure With An App? Should You?

The smartphone is an amazing invention. It lets us place video calls to friends around the globe. It can sniff out cancer and chemical weapons. It even entertains us while we're waiting in line to buy the latest, greatest smartphone. But smartphones also have a dark side. They preoccupy us when we...Read More»

2012 Jeep Wrangler
AAA Puts Spare Tires On The Endangered List Thanks To Fuel Economy Rules

No one likes changing a flat tire. In fact, just storing the spare can be a problem: if it's inside the vehicle, it can take up valuable cargo space, and if it's kept outside, it may prevent you from using bike racks or other accessories. But AAA says that thanks to new fuel economy regulations, we...Read More»

Yokohama Tire Tips For Fuel Economy
Yokohama Tire Wants To Boost Your Fuel Economy: Video

Yokohama Tire is in business to design and sell tires for a wide variety of vehicles, ranging from commercial trucks through passenger cars and even racing applications. It’s also in the business of customer service, which is why the tire maker has produced a series of videos to help...Read More»

2008 Chevrolet Impala
Chevy Impala Owners File Class Action Lawsuit Against GM

Do you own a 2007 or 2008 Chevrolet Impala? Have you gone through an alarmingly high number of rear tires since you’ve owned the car? If so, you may want to look into a class-action lawsuit filed against General Motors that alleges the automaker knowingly ignored problems with the rear...Read More»

Michelin Tire
Tires Getting Expensive And Hard To Find, Even For Automakers

If you’ve shopped for tires lately, you’ve probably been surprised by the sheer number of tire sizes now available, as well as the increasing price for tires of all sizes. Manufacturers are feeling the pain as well, and while no one is reporting production delays due to tire...Read More»

U.S.-spec 2012 Fiat 500c
Report: In Small Cars And EVs, Smaller Tires Could Save Fuel

With signs that minicars might finally be taking off in the U.S.—signaled by the arrival of models like the Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Scion iQ, and a host of potential ones—it could be time to give smaller wheels a new chance. Why? Because, Motor Trend reports, a new generation of...Read More»

1997 Ford Explorer XL
A Decade After The Firestone Recall, Tire Safety Still Newsworthy

This week is the tenth annual National Tire Safety Week, but chances are good it isn’t marked on your calendar. Chances are also good that almost eleven years after the hype and hysteria over Ford Explorers fitted with Firestone tires, your tires may well be the most widely ignored component...Read More»

2011 Ford Explorer
Today's Car News from High Gear Media: May 10, 2011

Which wagons should you be shopping this year? We nominate a handful of not-crossovers. [FamilyCarGuide] We're fans of the 2011 Ford Explorer, but Consumer Reports isn't. Who's more righter? [SocialCarNews] The latest national amnesty movement has nothing to do with Jan Brewer--it's all about...Read More»

money
Driving Costs Rise This Year—And Gas Prices Aren’t Entirely To Blame

Driving has in the past year become significantly more expensive. And it's not all because of the price of gas. According to AAA, the cost of owning and operating a vehicle rose by 3.4 percent versus last year. The average sedan costs $8,776 per year to own and operate—provided you keep your...Read More»

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