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5 Ways Tire Condition Impacts Vehicle Performance

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Many factors can impact your vehicle's performance, from the types of fuel and engine fluids you use to your personal driving habits. However, when vehicle owners make changes to improve the handling, fuel efficiency, and overall performance of their cars, many neglect to consider their tires.

Both tire condition and quality can have a significant impact on how your car drives on a daily basis. In this blog, we list five ways that your tire choice and maintenance routine can change the way your vehicle performs on the road.

1. Cornering

When you take a corner in your vehicle, the turn radius and precision of the movement relies almost entirely on your tires. The tire characteristic that most impacts cornering ability is the inflated pressure of the tire.

When tires are under-inflated, they drag on the road. This extra friction can slow down turns and make it more difficult to force your vehicle to take tight turns, including low-speed scenarios such as when pulling into a parking space.

2. Fuel Economy

The right tires for your car connect with the road enough to provide adequate grip without dragging as discussed in the previous section. Tire pressure, age, and tread can all affect how your car uses fuel.

For example, older tires are often more brittle than newer rubber, which makes the tires less responsive to the motion of the vehicle and the topography of the road. Over long distances, excess rigidity and brittleness may show up in your MPG.

3. Inclement Weather Handling

If you've ever driven on a wet road with bald tires, then you know that adequate tread depth is essential for good vehicle handling in inclement weather. If your tires are low-quality or in poor condition, then you may struggle to navigate in the snow, rain, ice, and certain temperature extremes.

The wrong tires on a road in the winter can significantly decrease your safety and the safety of the drivers around you. You should not use off-season tires for this reason. You can learn more about seasonal tire guidelines in our previous blog.

In addition to simple tread depth, tires must wear evenly in order to grip the road well enough for slick conditions. Rotate your tires regularly as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer to ensure that the treads on all your tires keep a uniform depth.

4. Responsiveness

Many drivers associate responsiveness with luxury engines. However, your vehicle's response to the gas and brake pedals as well as the motion of the steering wheel depends just as much on tires as it does on what's under the hood.

Higher quality tires tend to offer better handling and responsiveness. Additionally, tire pressure and tread depth can help you stop, start, and turn more precisely on the road. Responsiveness may also be affected by choosing tires of an appropriate width and diameter for your vehicle.

5. Ride Stability

You may associate a bumpy ride with your suspension system, but good suspension actually starts with your tires — rather than your shock or struts. Over-inflation is one of the most common causes of poor ride quality. The unforgiving surface of these tires makes them louder and more vulnerable to bumps in the road.

Additionally, sizing up your tires to a slightly larger diameter can increase the stability of your ride, especially if you frequently drive in construction zones, on dirt roads, or through other uneven terrains.

Whether you want to improve your vehicle's performance or maintain the condition of a newer vehicle, factor in the characteristics of your tires. For high-quality tire products from brand names you trust and expert tire maintenance, trust our qualified team at All American Discount Tires, LLC.


Blog > Good Driving Habits And Tire Care | All American Discount Tires

Good Driving Habits And Tire Care | All American Discount Tires

Learn how good driving habits and vehicle maintenance can keep you safer on the road.

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While driving around Lakeland and the surrounding areas, it's not uncommon to spot a deer, or two, along the road. Just like you, these animals enjoy the freedom of being able to roam as they please, so it becomes vital that you learn how to safely navigate the roadways as these creatures make their way around.

Learn how good driving habits and vehicle maintenance can keep you safer on the road.

Be a Conscious Driver

Always be a conscious driver, as your alertness is vital to protecting yourself from a collision with a deer or other wildlife. Part one of this process is not being a distracted driver. Put your cellphone on hands-free mode, enter the address in your navigation before you pull off and tune into your favorite radio station.

All of these activities take mere seconds to perform, but looking away from the road for even this short of a period is long enough for you to collide with a deer. Part two is about always being aware of your surroundings.

Be extremely diligent about avoiding these types of activities during dawn and dusk hours when deer are most active and around areas with known heavy deer traffic, due to the elevated risk.

Be Mindful of Your Speed

Make an effort to be mindful of your speed when driving and always travel the speed limit. When it comes to avoiding a collision with a deer, a short reaction time is essential and the faster you are traveling, the less time you have to react.

For example, a vehicle will go approximately 235 feet before coming to a stop when traveling at 50 miles per hour, but at 80 miles per hour, a car may need to travel around 500 feet to stop. When moving at a higher speed, it's far less likely that you will be able to react and stop your vehicle fast enough to avoid a collision.

Additionally, the higher the speed of a car that makes contact with a deer, the more significant the damage to the vehicle and the more severe the risk of injury. Always follow the suggested speed limit and if necessary, drive below the speed limit to stay safe.

Monitor Tire Tread

Avoiding a collision with a deer or other animal is all about the ability to react quickly. Although, traveling at a safe speed is key to reacting and stopping fast enough, driving with tires that have ample tread and that are in good overall condition is just as important, especially during adverse weather on when the ground is wet.

When a tire doesn't have ample tread, this also means that it doesn't have good traction. Instead of the tire gripping the ground it may hydroplane instead, this reduces the amount of control you have over the vehicle and increases the distance your car needs to travel in order to come to a complete stop.

In the state of Florida, anything under 2/32 of an inch is considered unsafe. The best way to examine your tread is to perform the penny test. If you place a penny upwards inside the tread grooves, you should only be able to see the top of Lincoln's head. If you see more than half of his head, the tread on your tires is dangerously low.

Ensure you're doing your part to remain safe on the road. At All American Discount Tires, your safety is important. Whether you need new tires or you need an alignment, suspension or brake work, don't hesitate to stop in to see us. We will expertly diagnose the problem with your vehicle and get your back on the road safely.  

Blog > Six Things to Know About Replacing the Tires on Your Vehicle

Six Things to Know About Replacing the Tires on Your Vehicle

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You will need to replace the tires on your car eventually and knowing what to expect is important. Many car owners do not know the first thing about shopping for tires for their vehicle. The following guide walks you through a few things you need to know about buying tires for the first time.

Not All Tires Fit on All Vehicles

Many people do not realize that tires come in many different sizes and you need to purchase the exact size tire to suit your car. If you get tires that are too large, the tire will not be able to turn within the wheel well.

Custom Wheels Require Specific Tires

Custom wheels can give your car a unique look, but require specific tires to be mounted on them. The larger the wheels are, the smaller the sidewall of the tire will need to be in order for the tire to fit inside of the wheel well.

If you want oversized wheels on your vehicle, you may not be able to walk into the tire shop and buy the tires you need. They will more than likely need to be custom ordered and it could take a few days to a few weeks for them to arrive so you need to plan accordingly.

Additional Fees Must Be Paid to Get the Tires Mounted and Balanced

When you purchase tires, the cost that is charged is only for the tires themselves. Before the tires can be put on your vehicle your old tires must be removed and the new tires must be mounted on the wheels and then balanced to ensure that they rotate properly. You will need to pay an additional fee to have each tire mounted and balanced before it can be installed on your vehicle.

Only Professionals Should Replace the Tires on Your Car

When replacing the tires on your car, you need to be sure that the tires are secure. If you have never replaced the tires before, there is a good chance that you may not know how to do it properly. Have professionals handle the replacement of the tires to ensure that it is done the right away and the tires do not come off or become damaged.

It Is a Good Idea to Get an Alignment Done After Replacing Your Tires

After you have the tires replaced, you need to be sure to have the tires aligned. This ensures that they travel in a straight line so that the steering wheel guides them properly when you try to guide the vehicle. Alignment requires the use of specific machines that let mechanics know what adjustments need to be made to make the alignment perfect.

Winter Tires Are Essential in Some Areas During the Colder Months of the Year

If you live in an area that is prone to a lot of snow and ice, you may want to consider getting winter tires installed on your car. Winter tires provide your car with the grip it needs to ensure it does not slide all over the road when they are slippery or wet.

When it is time to replace the tires on your car contact All American Discount Tires. The associates at the shop are trained to be able to find you the perfect tires that fit your car and your budget. If you plan to use custom wheels on your car it is important to let the associate know right away so they do not show you tires that will not suit your needs.

Once you have purchased the tires, the automotive team can take care of mounting, balancing, and replacing the tires on your car. Upon completion, they can align everything as well, so that you leave with a car that is as safe as it can possibly be.

Blog > 5 Reasons Not to Drive on Winter Tires During the Summer

5 Reasons Not to Drive on Winter Tires During the Summer

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Man checking car tire — Auto Shop in Lakeside, FLWinter tires are great for the cold months of winter because they help provide better traction on snowy and icy roads. When it comes to the hot months of summer, though, it's not a good idea to drive on winter tires. You should have your winter tires replaced with all-season tires once the weather is warm. Here is why you shouldn't drive on winter tires in summer.

More Tire Wear
Winter tires aren't made to be used in hot weather, and they wear down faster once the temperature heats up.

Once the temperature is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it's time to change winter tires. The rubber in these tires is optimized for temperatures below about 40. Above this temperature, the tires become soft and wear down more quickly as they drive on hot pavement.

For this reason, alone, winter tires should be replaced with all-season tires in spring when temperatures are regularly above 40 and the risk of snow disappears. Even if the increased wear isn't noticeable in summer, you may notice it come winter.

After going all summer, winter tires will be much more worn down than they were before the summer started. Depending on how much you drive over the summer, they might not even be fit for another winter of driving because the tread may be too low.

Lower Fuel Mileage
Winter tires aren't as fuel-efficient as all-season tires. Even in winter, a car with winter tires won't get the same fuel mileage as it would if it was equipped with all-season tires. Winter tires' treads are designed for traction in snow and ice rather than efficiency. The extra drag that comes in warm weather as winter tires become soft only further decreases fuel economy.

The reduction in fuel economy has a double-effect. It's rough on the environment because your vehicle needs to burn more gasoline, and it also hurts your wallet. You'll find yourself filling up at the gas pump more often if your car has winter tires on during the summer.

If you switch to all-season tires, you will be saving every time you drive. The environment will appreciate it, too.

Worse Handling
Because winter tires are softer in the summer, they negatively impact handling. When rubber is soft and squishy, it's not as responsive as when it is firm.

A car with all-season tires will handle much better than an identical car with winter tires once it's warm and there's no snow. The difference is especially noticeable on wet pavement when handling is decreased by driving conditions.

Longer Stopping Distance
Similarly, the softening of winter tires' rubber in hot temperatures also negatively affects stopping distances. When tires give, they aren't able to bring a car to a halt as fast as they can when their rubber is firm. As is the case with handling, this is particularly true on wet pavement when stopping distances are naturally increased by conditions.

The differences in handling and stopping are more than a mere performance issue. In an emergency, a car's responsiveness is of the utmost importance. Even a slight handling issue or one extra inch of stopping distance can be the difference between hitting something—or someone—and avoiding an accident.

Higher Risk of a Blowout
Finally, there is an increased risk of having a blowout if you're driving on winter tires in the summer. As they wear down and heat up, there's a higher likelihood that they fail during a drive.

If you're still driving on winter tires this summer, contact us at All American Discount Tires to get some all-season tires that are fit for hot-weather driving.
Blog > Signs You Need Your Car's Tires Aligned

Signs You Need Your Car's Tires Aligned

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Man checking car tire — Auto Shop in Lakeside, FLIf you're not sure just when you should get your car's tires aligned, you aren't alone: many car manufacturers don't list alignment as one of the maintenance needs of a vehicle. Your tires are often aligned when you first have them put on your car, but after that, it's often up to you to watch for the signs of when they need to be aligned again.

Your car's alignment is very important to helping extend the life of your tires and ensure they all wear more evenly. Alignment is the process of adjusting your tires so they touch the ground evenly and often involves rotating your tires for even wear as well. Here are common signs you should watch out for so you know just when to take your vehicle into a tire shop for a few adjustments, and ways you can help your tires last longer.

Your Car Won't Drive Straight

One of the most common ways to tell if your car needs to have its tires aligned is to test how "straight" it drives when you are not manipulating the steering wheel. At low speeds and with no surrounding traffic, gently touch your steering wheel while letting your vehicle drive straight on its own. If you have an alignment issue, your car will pull to the right or left, causing you to correct your vehicle promptly.

You may also notice your car veering off in either direction slightly when you are driving on long stretches of highway or freeway roads. This symptom can be an alignment issue, or your tires could be turned the wrong way, which happens occasionally with regular driving and can be repaired easily. Make note of when you first started noticing these changes in your car and which direction it swerves off to, and relay this information to your mechanic.

Your Car Has Encountered a Few Pot Holes

While, in some cases, an alignment problem is due to regular wear, it can also be caused by certain roadway circumstances. Driving through pot holes, hitting a curb, going over speed bumps or train tracks at fast speeds or bouncing off a sloping driveway can all impact the way your car's tires operate.

If your car has encountered some rough driving lately, then pay attention to these following signs of alignment or other tire issues that you should bring to your mechanic's attention:

  • Shaking steering wheel when driving (vibrations)

  • Uneven tire wear (waves or exposed tread)

  • Veering off to one side when driving

Your mechanic can align and re-balance your tires for you, making your car a safer and more enjoyable vehicle to drive.

How to Make Your Tires Last

The way you drive can greatly affect how long your tires last. Avoid pot holes, ditches and bumpy roads to keep your tires in healthy condition. You also want to make sure to always keep your tires properly inflated and have them rotated regularly to ensure even wear. Your tire shop expert can show you how to properly inflate your vehicle's tires safely.

Stick to tires that are appropriate for your vehicle's make and model. Tires that are too large or small can wear out quickly and can also cause damage to your vehicle. Talk to your auto or tire shop expert to see what tires will work best for the way you drive and the type of vehicle you have. Whether you need your tires balanced or you want to have your alignment checked, our experts at All American Discount Tires are here to help you. Explore our large variety of tire brands for replacing your current tires as well.