Car Car Tips & Other News

Are your tires safe? Take the Canadian coin test

Everything in your car—including its ability to stop, avoid road debris, handle wet surfaces and reduce road noise—rides on the quality of the tires. They are the lowest common denominator in vehicle safety.

“The contact point on any given tire is about the size of your palm,” said Dan Zielinski, vice president of communications at the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association. “It is a critical piece of safety equipment for your car.”

Early warning signs indicate worn out brakes

You’ve spent your summer acting as the family chauffeur, towing boats and trailers, driving to events and taking extended road trips.

How does all that driving affect the safety of your vehicle and its ability to stop?

How tread design helps tires grip road

Tires are easy to forget until they go flat or your vehicle slides into a stop when you push the brake pedal.

How does tread design affect your driving and safety? And what kind of tread should you use for your driving environment?

"A tire is a complex composite structure with fabric and steel components,” said Jim Davis, spokesperson for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. “There are countless variations as these many components are tweaked, depending upon the intended performance features to emphasize in each product.”

Battery basics: Keep your vehicle's energy flowing

A weak battery can leave you out in the cold, literally. Not all batteries require maintenance, but following some basic health tips can improve the life of your car’s battery.   An automobile’s battery is made of lead and plastic components. It contains an electrolyte solution of sulfuric acid and water. When you turn your car key, the electrolyte solution delivers a short burst of high power.  

Worn rotors jeopardize vehicle brake system

Few things take as much abuse in a vehicle as the braking system. The effectiveness of your vehicle’s stopping power comes down to a few critical parts that need to be inspected regularly.

The high pitched squeal of old brake pads lets drivers know when they need replacing. But what about rotors, the metal discs that play a vital role in stopping your vehicle?