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Auto Repair & Tires Blog
1) Road Hazard Protection is basically an insurance policy that protects you against the premature loss of one or more of your tires.
2) That protection applies to the person who originally bought the covered tire. The tire must have only been used on the vehicle for which it was originally purchased.
3) For Road Hazard Protection to remain in effect, the tire must have at least 2/32nds of an inch of tread remaining. Tires with less tread are considered dangerous and should be replaced immediately.
4) We fix repairable punctures free of charge, but certain types of damage are not protected, including that which results from fire, theft, vandalism, deliberate abuse, collision, the use of tire chains, mechanical defects of the vehicle, and other non-road hazards.
5) Any tire damage that results from improper mounting by anyone who is not a trained tire professional is not covered. A tire and the rim assembly can actually explode if the tire is mounted improperly.
6) As the owner, you must also take good care of your tires. That includes checking the pressure once per month and maintaining the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure. You must also keep your tires balanced and your wheels properly aligned in order to prevent premature tire wear.
7) When you purchase Road Hazard Protection, keep your receipt and your road hazard protection document(s). If you ever need to make a claim, please bring both documents back to us.
If we can answer any questions about Road Hazard Protection, call or visit any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location. We’ll be glad to help.
Formula 1 race car drivers. NASCAR drivers. Pilots.
What do those people have in common?
When filled with nitrogen instead of compressed air your tires are far more likely to stay properly inflated.
In fact, a Clemson University study showed that “nitrogen-inflated tires can maintain pressure 74% better” than shop air-inflated tires under normal operating conditions. “As a result,” the study continued, “nitrogen-inflated tires produce about 70% less rolling resistance than air-inflated tires.” (Edmunds.com defines rolling resistance as “the force required to keep your vehicle's tires rolling at a given speed.”)
When your tires stay properly inflated longer, they last longer, your gas mileage improves, and your vehicle handles better.
And unlike compressed air, nitrogen won't add moisture to the inside of your tires. That moisture can lead to rusty rims and valve stems. If enough water accumulates, it can even throw your tires out of balance.
To learn how much money you can save with nitrogen tire inflation, use the Savings Calculator on the home page of the Get Nitrogen Institute's website. The site also includes plenty of research that supports the benefits of filling your tires with nitrogen.
When you're ready to make the switch to nitrogen, pull into your nearest Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location.
Seventy degrees. Not hot at all, right?
Until you’re in a car with the windows rolled-up. If that’s the case, you'd feel like you’re sitting in a sauna before you know it.
For babies and young children, the heat generated inside a closed car on even a mild day can be deadly.
Check the chart below. It’s from our friends at AskPatty.com.
When it’s 70 degree outside, the interior temperature of a vehicle can rise to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes. Within a half an hour, that temp shoots up to an almost unbearable 104.
Even in September, Los Angeles-area temperatures can reach the mid-90s. Any young child shut inside a car for more than a few minutes on a day that hot would suffer heat as intense as 129 degrees.
A few tips from Parenting.com:
1) When driving, keep your cell phone, purse or briefcase on the floor of the backseat. When you look in back to grab it, you'll see your child.
2) Don’t assume that your spouse or an older child has taken your baby out of her car seat. That kind of assumption can lead to tragedy.
3) Make sure your younger child sits behind the front passenger seat. That position is more likely to keep him in your peripheral vision when you’re exiting the car.
4) There are several monitors and other types of reminders available online to help you avoid locking your child in the car by accident. If you lead a busy life - or you’re just naturally forgetful - they may be a very wise investment.
RELATED POST: Beware of Kids: 4 Tips to Make Summer Driving Safer
With average highs in the mid-90s, August is the Los Angeles area's warmest month.
Sure, you can find relief in just about any walk-in meat locker or a bathtub full of ice chips, but your car's battery isn't so lucky.
Extreme heat can increase the evaporation rate of your battery's electrolyte. That's the liquid inside the battery that carries the electrical current between the two terminals. In fact, drivers in warmer climates like ours typically need to replace their batteries more frequently because of that evaporation.
But other factors - that you can control - also contribute to shorter battery life, including:
“Wait! National Tire Safety Week? That's a real thing?”
We understand why you might ask that question, but yep - it's real. And it's happening this week, May 29th through June 4th.
Its purpose: to draw attention to proper tire care and how ignoring your tires can have fatal consequences.
Research by the Rubber Manufacturers Association shows that more than 8 in 10 drivers don't check their tire pressure properly or frequently enough.
If you're one of those drivers, you're at increased risk for a flat tire or a dangerous blow-out.
And when your tires are under-inflated they wear quicker, lower your fuel economy, and negatively affect your vehicle's handling.
As part of National Tire Safety Week, the RMA urges you to begin checking your tire pressure and inspecting the sidewalls for cuts and bulges monthly, and measuring your tire tread prior to long trips and rainy periods.
Keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle. You'll find the correct tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner's manual or on the driver’s door post, not on your tires.
Pull into any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location in southern California for a free pressure check and fill. Find the store closest to you here.
Texting while driving is “a willful act,” said Eilene Okerblom. “You have a choice when you get behind the wheel.”
That realization makes the death of her son, Eric, even more difficult to accept.
A resident of Santa Maria, California, Eric was just 19 years old when he was killed while riding his bike.
On a straight road.
In broad daylight.
The teenage driver who hit him at 60 miles per hour was texting when she struck Eric.
In 2014, more than 3,100 people were killed in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by distracted drivers. Another 431,000 were injured.
Watch the video above. Share it with your family and friends.
Then ask yourself if you want to be responsible for the type of intense pain that the Okerbloms live with every day.
Along with size and price, there are a few other things to consider when buying new tires, such as which type of vehicle you drive, the terrain you’ll be covering, even the prevailing weather where you drive.
Tires for Your Vehicle
Many car and crossover tires share some common ride and traction characteristics. Truck and pick-up tires, though, are designed to provide maximum off-road traction and on-road handling, while tires for an SUV deliver a comfortable ride on both wet and dry roads.
Tires for Your Weather
Here in the Los Angeles area, you don’t drive in the rain too often, but if your travels take you up the coast to wetter climates like Seattle, Oregon or even San Francisco, you may want to consider all-season tires. They grip the road well no matter what’s falling from the sky.
Of course, if you drive into colder parts of the country regularly, you should look into a set of winter tires.
Tires for Your Driving
Like to take on rougher ground now and then, as well as smooth highways? All-terrain tires might be for you.
Have a long commute? Consider fuel-efficient tires.
Want enhanced traction, handling and maneuverability? Then you need sport performance tires.
Tires are more complicated than they may seem, and, as the saying goes, there’s a lot riding on them. So whether you need just a couple or a whole new set, come into any of our 30 locations. We’ll be glad to talk over your options with you.
If asked, my three teenage kids would tell you that I'm a bit over-protective when it comes to keeping them safe around cars.
But I think they'd agree that the shocking video above justifies my years of warnings.
The video shows reporter Alex Savidge narrowly avoiding an out-of-control vehicle. It rocketed onto the sidewalk where he was standing while delivering a live report on KTVU-TV / Oakland. If not for a warning from his cameraman, Savidge could have been killed.
Thankfully, no one was hurt, but the dramatic incident gives me another opportunity to talk with my kids about staying safe by staying aware. I encourage you to share these reminders with your kids and/or grandkids.
1) Pay attention when walking through parking lots. Keep your head up and watch for backing vehicles or cars driving quickly between parked cars. And never let your little ones run ahead of you in a parking lot. Drivers may not be able to see them as they back out of their spots.
2) When walking on a road, always walk on the side that allows you to face the oncoming vehicles in your lane. Alex Savidge had his back to traffic, so he couldn't see the car headed for him.
3) If you have to walk on a road with high-speed traffic, keep an eye on the front passenger-side tire of each oncoming vehicle. The direction it's pointed in will tell you if the car is veering toward you or not. And be prepared to move out of the way quickly should a vehicle drift too close to you.
All it takes is one distracted driver to change your life...or even end it. When you're near cars, stay alert and stay alive.
I had an accident a few weeks ago.
I bumped into a car that was sitting at a green light. I assumed that, because the light was green, the driver would be moving through the intersection by the time I got closer to her.
But she didn't move.
And I didn't stop in time.
It was completely my fault. And it all began with my assumption of what the other driver would do.
The Los Angeles Police Department's website lists five traffic violations that lead to car accidents, and they all involve an element of assumption. Here they are...
1) Following too closely. No matter how fast you're driving, the law requires that you allow three seconds worth of distance between you and the car in front of you. Accidents occur when drivers assume the leading car won't stop suddenly. But remember, if you're tailgating, your view in front of the other vehicle will be obscured. That means you won't see road debris, a huge pothole, or any other reason the other driver might brake quickly.
2) Failing to stop for red lights. It's incomprehensible that drivers run red lights, but it's based on their assumption that, somehow, they'll make it through the intersection unscathed, and that drivers with the right of way won't jump the green light early.
3) Driving under the influence. Obviously, drugs and alcohol impair judgment, allowing the affected driver to assume he can control his vehicle, and that he won't get caught.
4) Speeding. The law says you can't drive faster than the posted speed limit, but accidents can also occur when driving too fast for the road or weather conditions. Just because other cars are passing you on a wet highway, don't assume that your tires or driving skills will safely allow you to drive faster as well.
5) Left turns. A driver may not attempt a left turn when an oncoming vehicle makes that turn potentially hazardous. In short, never assume that you're going to beat the other car. That's how people die.
That is, if El Niño turns out to be as powerful as many experts are predicting.
And for many drivers in southern California sudden rain can spell trouble.
“Rain has a very predictable effect,” said our Vice President Chris Mitsos. “Because we get so little of it, most people around Los Angeles don’t drive on wet roads very often. That makes it easy to let tire tread get low. Then, as soon as we get rain, cars start slipping on the wet pavement, and people rush in to get new tires.”
That shallow tire tread makes it tough for tires to funnel water. As a result, vehicles can end up hydroplaning - literally riding on a sheet of water, rather than on the road surface.
So, don’t wait until you lose control of your vehicle. Pull up to any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location and let us check the tread depth on all your tires. It’s quick, it’s free, and it’ll have been time well spent if it prevents you from having an expensive accident.
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