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Buying Tires Online

Buying Tires Online

When buying new tires online you should do all tire research beforehand. At TitanTireChallenge we provide you with all of our knowledge on the online tire buying experience. Let us help you...
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Defective Tires

Defective Tires

All tires can have defects which can cause serious accidents at no fault of the driver. The Tire Titans provide you with a step by step guide for spotting defective tires and tips on what to do if you think you have a defective tire!
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Tires Recalls

Tires Recalls

Tire Recalls are no joke or laughing matter! We provide a list of all recalled tires for you to review. When a tire is recalled The Tire Titans are the first to know. Don't drive with recalled tires!
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Tire Tips

Tire Tips

The Tire Titans offer free tips to make sure you and your tires stay on the road. We offer online tire buying tips, tire repair tips, defective tire tips and how to file a claim for a faulty tires. Stay on the road with The Tire Titans
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The Truth about Tire Blowouts and Car Accidents

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Tire Blowouts and Car Accidents: What You Need to Know

Anyone who has ever experienced a tire blowout while they’ve been driving, particularly at freeway speeds, understands all too well the feelings of fear and powerlessness that accompany such an event. It happens more often than you may think, too. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number one vehicle malfunction related cause of car accidents is the vehicle’s tires. In terms of percentages, it’s estimated that faulty tires are the cause of approximately 5 percent of all car accidents in the United States every year. That number may not seem high until you consider that, on average, there are more than 5 million car accidents annually. Fortunately, you don’t have to become a statistic. Instead, there are steps you can take to ensure that your car’s tires are always road ready.

Tire Selection

Not all tires are made alike, so tire safety begins with choosing the right tires for your car. Obviously, choosing the right sized tire is important, but there are other factors to consider as well. For example, where you buy the tires can make a difference in the age and quality of the tire selection. A tire’s age is important because tires begin to break down over time. If you purchase new tires that are more than two years beyond their manufactured date, you run a higher risk of a blowout occurrence because the rubber and steel belts are more prone to separate as they heat up on the road. Before you jump on that great tire deal thinking you can save some money, look at the tire’s date of manufacture. It can be found on the outer sidewall of the tire, and is the last four digits of the serial number that begins with the letters ‘DOT’. If, for example,the tire’s date shows ‘2512’, then it was manufactured in the 25th2012. If you discover a tire was manufactured more than two years ago, and still want to take advantage of a deal, ask for a newer replacement. Either that or make another selection.

Don’t risk a tire blowout just to save a few dollars.

Tire Maintenance

Once you have selected and installed your new tires, it’s up to you to keep them maintained. Common consensus dictates that tires should be rotated at every oil change, and that’s a good general guideline. It helps keep the wear on the tires even, which also aids in keeping the car balanced on the road. Another way to keep your tires safe and in good condition is to monitor the tire pressure. Not only does proper tire pressure help prevent blowouts and car accidents, but it saves money on gas, too. Since each vehicle manufacturer’s suggested tire inflation pressure level can vary slightly, find out what the recommendation is for your car by either looking in the owner’s manual or inside the driver’s door panel. Check your tire pressure once a month, and make sure to do it while the tires are cold. That way, you’ll get a more accurate reading since the tire’s air will not have expanded because of the heat. Finally, and just as importantly, keep an eye on the tread of the tires. You may have 100,000 mile tires on your car, but depending on how and where your car is driven, you may need to swap out your tires sooner than you intended.

The easiest way to check the tread is to do the ‘penny test’ with which most people are familiar. If you aren’t comfortable gauging it yourself, take your car to a local reputable tire dealer. They usually offer free tire inspections, and reputable dealers won’t try to talk you into buying tires you don’t need yet!

The truth is that it’s easy to help yourself avoid a blowout that could lead to a car accident. The formula is simple – the right tires and the proper maintenance. Choose value over cheap when selecting your tires, rotate them on time, and learn how to monitor the inflation level and tread of your tires. You’ll save money on gas and premature tire replacement, and you could also save lives by avoiding a blowout in the first place.