Nashville, TN – A lot can change in 10 years, and our roads are no exception. In its latest Gauge Index survey, Hankook Tire found that, despite a decade of automotive innovation, one element of driving still leaves something to be desired – drivers’ attitudes.
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Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely Program, is offering tips to help young drivers stay safe on the road this winter.
“Winter weather can require extra attention and quick response when driving, and the cold temperatures can also impact tire care,” said Bill Geaman, Cooper’s Manager of Consumer Relations. “Outside temperatures can impact tire pressure by one pound per square inch (psi) for every 10-degree drop in temperature.
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In New York state, it’s been illegal for drivers to talk on a hand-held phone for almost 20 years; texting at the wheel was banned a decade ago. Across the U.S., many states have distracted-driving laws in place. Yet federal studies estimate over 3,000 people a year die from distracted driving, and safety experts believe the actual number is far higher.
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If you drive in winter, there’s a lot riding on your tires. With the wrong rubber on cold, wet, snowy or icy roads, you’re not only risking life and limb, you’re playing with financial fire, say automotive experts. …
Michael Majernik, communications manager for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada (TRAC), agrees all-weathers, introduced a decade ago, may be a good compromise “for year-round usage with a winter edge.” But a set of four dedicated winter tires is the safest and best performer in the season’s worst weather, the experts agree.
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British Columbians travelling most of the province’s highways will need to have winter tires equipped, starting Tuesday.
Motorists driving on those highways without the correct tires risk a possible fine of $109 and could be turned back from their destination.
Approved winter tires in B.C. either have the M+S (mud and snow) or three-peaked mountain and snowflake symbol. Winter tires must also have at least 3.5 millimetres of tread.
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Cooper Tire’s Tread Wisely program is encouraging young drivers to always have an emergency kit available before taking to the road during National Preparedness Month, which lasts for the month of September.
The Tread Wisely program offers a series of how-to videos, including a video that provides step-by-step instructions for packing a car emergency kit, on the Tread Wisely app and at www.treadwisely.org. The top 10 items to include in a car emergency kit are:
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The nation’s top vehicle safety watchdog lacks expertise to properly assess defects and must rely too much on car companies, safety advocates say. They contend that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reluctant to order recalls when it will face a legal fight because of its small staff and tight budget, and complain about the number of officials whose next job after NHTSA is in the auto industry. But those were the “old days,” the agency’s boss told the Free Press last week.
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The Center for Auto Safety has called for NHTSA to require automakers to retain records of safety defects for at least 20 years, double the amount of time proposed by the government agency.
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That bit of wisdom was the spark for the creation of a “Safety Leadership Summit” initiated by leading commercial tire dealerships McCarthy Tire Service and Snider Fleet Solutions.
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Run-flat tires feature advanced designs that reinforce the tire in some way so that you can continue to drive on them and find a repair station in the event of a puncture or leak. Although they can’t be driven on for too long, when driven at a maximum of 50 mph most run-flats give drivers an extra 50-100 miles to safely get to an auto repair or tire shop.
There are currently two main types of run-flat tires; those that use a support ring system and those that use a self-supporting system.
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