Conquer Summer and Spring Roads with these Tire Maintenance Tips

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT
Keep your car’s tires fresh for maximum performance!

Many people focus on their vehicles during the winter, dreading the inevitably snow and icy weather – but that damage can cause issues that spread all the way into spring and summer. Plus, spring showers offer prime conditions for hydroplaning.

Start your summer off right with these tire maintenance tips:

  • Schedule a regular maintenance trip so that your entire vehicle gets a solid once-over from a professional.
  • Make sure your tires are inflated properly, consulting the owner’s manual and avoiding both over- and under-inflation.
  • Give yourself a moment on a straight road to evaluate if your car seems to be pulling to one side, which is probably a problem related to one or more of the tires.
  • Not sure if your tires have enough tread? Learn the penny trick for peace of mind.

What do you do to evaluate your tires? Let us know your ideas in the comments, and be safe this season!

Consider This: A Few Important Factors When Buying A New Truck

2015 Ram 1500
What are the most important factors for you when it comes to buying a new truck?

When shopping for a new ride, you need to decide whether a car, SUV, CUV or truck is what you want. That decision in and of itself can be a difficult one. But once you’ve decided a truck is the way to go, there are still some things to consider. Here are a few important factors when buying a new truck!

Edmunds.com recommends examining the reasons that inspired your interest in a truck in the first place. Is it for work? Recreation? All-around use? Maybe a better question is: what will you be towing and who will you be carrying? These questions will tell you how much power you need, the size of your bed, the size of your cab and how tough a truck you need (light-duty or heavy-duty).

The most important factor is your budget. Of course, that includes purchase price. But it also very much includes fuel economy. Fuel efficiency is very significant when buying a truck because even though trucks, like every other vehicle, are getting more and more efficient, extra power will almost always come at a fuel cost.

Of course, there are many more important factors to consider when buying a new truck, especially when you consider how personal an experience buying a new vehicle can be. And that’s the key. Get a truck that makes you happy, ultimately.