Is There Air in the Spare for Your Trip Over the Hill and Through the Woods?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

It’s time for families to come together for the Holidays, and that often means loading the car for extended highway travel.

However, before you load the trunk and begin your trip, make sure you check the air pressure of all your vehicle’s tires, including the spare. Many spare tires are packaged at the bottom of a car’s trunk or under the bed of a crossover, SUV or pickup. This often means that the trunk/cargo area has to be empty in order to check the spare tire’s air pressure. And, in many cases, the vehicle manufacturers have chosen to package the spare with the valve stem down, preventing the air from being checked without removing the jack and all of the tire changing tools. It’s a hassle, but worth a few minutes before drivers load up.

Tire Rack compliments Ford for the spare tire packaging on their new Fusion. As you can see, Ford chose to store the tools and jack in foam under the wheel. This provides the driver easy access to check air pressure in their spare tire.


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Tire Rack believes spare tire air pressure will be checked more often if it's easy to do. What do you think? When was the last time you checked your spare tire’s air pressure?

Tire Rack Has a Hall of Famer!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Pete Veldman, Tire RackAt the 2012 SEMA Show/Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas at the Cosmopolitan on October 29, 2012, Tire Rack's Pete Veldman will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

While initially skeptical about starting a mail-order tire company, Veldman quickly saw a need for customers to acquire specialty tires easily and efficiently. Thus Tire Rack was founded in 1979 and has established itself as the leader in the direct-to-consumer tire business. Veldman's forward thinking ensured Tire Rack was one of the first tire companies to have an online presence in 1996 that today provides over 50 million annual website visitors the test results, tire selection, reviews and fast shipping options they need to make an informed tire purchase.

His hard work and dedication to giving customers optimum customer service and convenience has led to the announcement that he will be inducted into the Tire Industry Association Hall of Fame. "The TIA Hall of Fame recognizes the achievements of innovators and leaders who have shaped the tire industry over the past century," TIA stated. "By honoring the individual accomplishments of manufacturers, dealers, retreaders and suppliers, TIA celebrates the diversity and rich history of the tire industry."

Tire Rack and all of its employees would like to congratulate Pete on this well deserved honor!


Bring the Tire Rack Street Survival Program to Your Community

Monday, March 12, 2012 by Tire Rack Team

Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America, depleting our most precious resource and hopes for the future. Each year more than 5,000 youths age 15-20 are involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes and 196,000 are injured nationwide, mainly because of driver error. To reduce that number, the national non-profit Tire Rack Street Survival® driver education program, now celebrating a decade teaching young drivers to "arrive alive," works with local communities, veteran IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear and driving enthusiasts nationwide to give young drivers the skills and experience needed to reduce these staggering statistics.

As funding for high school driver education programs continues to dwindle, this program is made available to teach teens and young adults how their actions govern a car's response, what their vehicle's limitations are and how to avoid accidents entirely. The program even caught the eye of IndyCar driver Scott Goodyear, who enrolled his son in a Tire Rack Street Survival course near their hometown of Carmel, Indiana. "I firmly believe Tire Rack Street Survival is best in giving young drivers valuable experience behind the wheel," said Goodyear. "The first time a young driver feels their car sliding, they're on their way to an accident."

Students drive their own vehicles in order to translate their daily driving experiences and are supervised under the watchful eyes of experienced, knowledgeable driving coaches. The hands-on experience gained in real-world driving situations is key to reducing the number of tragedies on our roads.

One-day classes are typically held on weekends and are open to permitted and licensed drivers between the ages of 15 and 21. Take a look at the current schedule to find a school in your area.

"We're trying to make the roads safer for everyone," said Bill Wade, national program manager, Tire Rack Street Survival. "For the sake of the next generation, we're asking local communities to host a Tire Rack Street Survival program of their own." Besides the use of a large parking lot at a school, stadium or shopping center, no special equipment is required. Community leaders or concerned parents interested in locating, hosting or requesting a Tire Rack Street Survival school in their area can get more information here.

Winter Reminders from Tire Rack

Thursday, October 27, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter DrivingDon't tailgate. Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you. Check your tire tread depth and pressure.

Every year we're reminded how to drive during winter, yet every year we see drivers on the road who behave like it's summer. To help you stay safe behind the wheel and make this winter as safe as possible, these are the things you truly need to remember:
  • Winter tires are worth it.
  • In traction we trust.
  • Never forget the pressure.
  • Tread depth matters.
  • Extra room and don't tailgate.
  • Remain a smooth operator.
The above are Tire Rack's winter reminders. Get more details in "Remember These W.I.N.T.E.R. Tips."

Certain now you need a set of winter / snow tires this season? Shop by vehicle to find the options that works best for your vehicle.

New Winter Tires and Wheels Will Save You Money

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel PackagesWhile replacing your summer or all-season tires with a dedicated set of winter / snow tires is highly recommended, having a set of wheels to install these tires on for the colder months will save you money over time. Tire and Wheel Packages not only eliminate the hassle of changing your tires twice a year, but also mean you'll never have to pay for mounting and re-mounting again.

A package of snow tires and rims allows you to easily remove your summer Tire & Wheel Package in your own garage and easily install your winter set. Detailed installation instructions are included with every package.

Need help selecting wheels for your winter / snow tires? Read "Alloy vs Steel Wheels in Winter Tire & Wheel Packages" and then Shop by Vehicle to see what's available for yours.

We Compare Bridgestone Tires on the Ice

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Do all-season tires on a front-wheel drive vehicle perform the same as a set of performance winter tires? To find out, we compared a set of Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02 (Standard Touring All-Season) tires with the Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 (Studless Ice and Snow) tires on one of the American market's most popular front-wheel drive cars, the 2012 Honda Civic.

As previous tests we performed on rear- and all-wheel drive vehicles have shown, the Blizzak winter tires performed better in the acceleration, braking and cornering tests. They were able to accelerate 1.5 seconds faster, stop 18.5 feet sooner and take corners faster than the all-season tire challenger.

Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Bridgestone Turanza EL400-02
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70
Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Take a look at "Are Front-Wheel Drive and All-Season Tires Enough for Winter Driving?" for the full test results and to watch the video. We think the results will encourage even the hard-core skeptics among us to buy winter tires for their improved traction on hard-packed snow and ice.

Buy Winter Tires for Safe Winter Driving

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Tech Article on AWD/4WD SystemsSevere winter weather makes driving treacherous. But snow tires and wheels, planning and a little training can make this winter less difficult and dangerous.

No one wants to get stuck in the snow in the winter. Our recommendation? Buy snow tires. They're designed to excel in the colder temperatures, slush, snow and ice that many parts of the country experience for at least three months a year.

For example, when you compare all-season, O.E. 2011 F150 tires on a vehicle driven in Tennessee, an area that sees very little snowfall a year, the all-season tires will work well. But if you live in Minnesota and experience harsh winter conditions for a long period of time, all-season tires and 4WD aren't enough. Read, "Why Electronic Drivers Aids and AWD/4WD Systems Aren't Enough (Winter)."

Take a look at snow tire prices and snow tire reviews, as well, before you make your decision on which winter / snow tire is best for you.

All-Season Tires for Winter? Think Again!

Friday, September 9, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter Tire FAQsWith winter right around the corner, replacing your vehicle's all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires is the best way to go. All-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable traits under a wide variety of conditions. The all-season tire tread designs and compounds that are engineered to provide extended mileage and durability in the summer are less effective in winter's freezing temperatures, and through snow and on ice. And to help with your decision on which snow tire to choose, take a look at the following performance categories:

Performance Winter / Snow

This category is for drivers who are looking for enhanced dry road handling from their tires and are willing to trade some snow and ice traction to get it. These low profile, H- or V-speed rated tires (perfect for sporty imported and domestic cars) are developed to suit winter driving on European highways. Due to their unique designs these tires must be installed in sets of four.

Studless Ice and Snow

Designed for drivers that want to maximize snow and ice traction without the inconvenience of using winter tire studs, these tires feature the latest compound technology to provide winter traction. You'll trade a little handling to get this excellent ice and snow traction, though.

Studdable Winter / Snow

These tires feature snow tire tread compounds and studdable tread designs for good snow and ice traction. It is important to note that studdable winter tires are often prohibited or restricted in some states; check with local authorities to confirm legality.

Still have questions about the benefits of winter tires? Take a look at "Winter Tire FAQs."

Go Off-Road with Fuzion Tires

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Fuzion XTiDeveloped to meet the needs of light truck tuners and enthusiasts who want a unique style without compromising comfort and affordability, the Fuzion XTi has the capability to go off-road. Delivering traction in any direction on gravel roads and dirt trails, the tire provides year-round traction for Jeeps and sport utility vehicles, even in snow.

The XTi also offers dual sidewall styling options that give enthusiasts the ability to reflect their personality by flipping opposite sides of the tire to display an alternative image. One side features a tribal band inspired by around-the-arm tattoos popular with members of Generation X and Y, while the other side reveals a blazing ring of flames.

Interested in a Fuzion tire review? Check out what other drivers are saying about their experience with the Fuzion XTi here.

Which Tires Are Right for the Upcoming Winter Season?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Winter DrivingAll-season tires are a compromise intended to provide acceptable characteristics under a wide variety of conditions. That compromise hinders the tires from being a master of any of of them. A tire's tread design and compounds that provide extended mileage and durability under the summer's sun are not as effective in winter's freezing temperatures and through snow or on ice.

While one tire can't be the fastest on the track and most controllable in the snow, winter / snow tires are designed to excel in colder temperatures, slush, snow and on ice. So instead of white knuckling it through the three-plus months of winter, invest in winter wheels and tires to make the winter driving months as safe as possible.

Watch "All-Season vs. Winter / Snow Tires" to see the difference in acceleration, stopping and cornering capabilities between the two types of tires.

Summer's Not Over Yet

Thursday, August 18, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
 While the calendar is getting closer to fall, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the benefits of summer tires. With 23 different Bridgestone Potenza tires available within the Extreme Performance Summer, Max Performance Summer and Ultra High Performance Summer categories, summer driving doesn't have to end anytime soon. Compare Bridgestone tires within each category to see which tire matches your driving style.
  • Extreme Performance Summer - Offers extreme dry street performance while trading some comfort and hydroplaning resistance.
  • Max Performance Summer - Unsurpassed blend of dry and wet street traction and handling.
  • Ultra High Performance Summer - Provide responsive handling and crisp steering in both wet and dry conditions.
Regardless of the Bridgestone performance tires you choose, take some time to enjoy the roads before they are covered in snow.

Not Enough Space in Your Garage?

Thursday, August 18, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
After you buy auto tires for the summer and winter driving season, what is the best way to store the extra set that is not in use? Providing a seamless look for tire storage, the Tire Garage keeps tires up to 27" in diameter organized while freeing up extra space in your garage.
  • Keeps tires clean and dry
  • Protects tires from UV degradation
  • Universal fit due to unique buckle and internal skirt system
  • Recommended for indoor storage only
Retaining its color and strength after years of use, buy Tire Garage after you purchase new auto tires for the winter and summer season to keep tires clean and protected. Read "Storing Tires" to see how heat and exposure to the elements can influence a tire's aging process.Tire Garage

At the Track with Hoosier Tires

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Tire Rack Team

Hoosier A6The A6 Radial from Hoosier is a Dry Racetrack & Autocross Only tire developed for drivers who compete in autocross, time trial and hillclimb events in dry conditions where responsiveness and high levels of grip are desirable. This particular Hoosier tire begins with a tread depth of 4.5/32" and does not require shaving for competition. However, it will benefit from a minimal scuff-in prior to its first run. It is important to note that Hoosier Racing Tires meet Department of Transportation requirements for marking and performance only and are not intended for highway use.

Read "Getting More Out of Competition Tires" for important tips on inflation pressure and storing a competition tire.

Need Replacement Tires? Order Tires Online

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tire RackSince 1996, when Tire Rack introduced the industry's most up-to-date website to the world, consumers have been able to research their performance product purchases and confidently buy online. Even as the industry continues to grow, our goals remain the same: offering quality performance products, expert advice, exceptional pricing and fast shipping. In fact, most customers are within one to two business days of our six distribution centers to ensure a timely delivery.

Our shopping tools make sure your experience on our site is as efficient and enjoyable as possible. View all shopping tools here.

Looking to Purchase Tires, Wheels Online?

Monday, August 15, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Wheels by BrandWhile our name suggests we're an online tire retailer, Tire Rack is also an online wheel store. With over 40 different brands to choose from, choosing rims and tires online at one retailer is simple.

And when you choose to shop by vehicle you can be sure you are getting a wheel that is an exact fitment for your car. Through research and testing, our fitment engineers match wheels to particular applications. Items we measure or verify include:
  • Bolt pattern
  • Centerbore diameter
  • Hub diameter
  • Load capacity
  • Lug hardware
  • Suspension components clearance
Read "How We Know What Fits" for detailed information on what we measure. And when you're finished, shop by vehicle to see all the wheels that will fit your car, light truck or SUV.

Install Your Tire & Wheel Package in Just Minutes

Monday, August 1, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
How to Install Your Wheel & Tire PackageCreating Tire and Wheel Packages at Tire Rack allows you to buy car tires online as well as rely on us to be your online wheel store - all in one stop. Mounted, balanced and shipped with all necessary hardware at no additional charge, a package is easy to bolt right on. To make sure the miles in between tire rotations are as pleasant as possible, proper installation of your Tire & Wheel Package is key. Read "How to Install Your Wheel & Tire Package."

Begin building your Tire & Wheel Package today!

Six Years Later - The General Grabber UHP is Still At the Top

Friday, July 29, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
General Grabber UHPWith over five million miles reported on, the General Grabber UHP is still the number one-rated tire in its category. Whether you're looking to buy SUV tires for your sport utility vehicle or buy truck tires for your high performance pickup, this Street/Sport Truck Summer tire from General provides traction, handling and control in both dry and wet conditions.

When it comes time to make your online tire purchase, shop by vehicle to find the tire that works best for your vehicle.

When is The Right Time to Replace Tires?

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tech ArticleWhile the legal minimum of 2/32" of remaining tread depth indicates a need to replace tires, should you buy tires even if part of Lincoln's head is covered when using a penny to measure your tire's tread depth? Take a look at "Measuring Tire Tread Depth with a Coin" to see how U.S. coins can be used in place of a tire tread depth gauge.

If you live in an area where you drive on snow-covered roads part of the year, then you may want to consider performance winter tires for your vehicle or replacing your current tires when less than 6/32" of tread depth remains. If snow is not an issue but rainy days are, then new automobile tires are recommended when you have approximately 4/32" of remaining tread depth.

To see how tread depth makes a difference in your vehicle's stopping distance, watch "Panic Stopping: How Much Tread Depth Do You Need?"

Tire - More Than Just A Tire Website

Thursday, July 28, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
TiresMost race enthusiasts know if Hoosier tires are the right choice for their next competition. But what about the consumer who needs help comprehending tire speed ratings or how to make an informed purchase based on a tire comparison? Our website is filled with shopping tools that make your online experience as efficient and enjoyable as if you were talking on the phone to one of our sales specialists. So whether you want to shop for tires or other products such as wheels, brakes and more, just remember - is much more than a tire website.

View all shopping tools.

Combine Your Wheel and Tire Purchase Into One

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 by Tire Rack Team
Tire & Wheel Package Ride Uniformity ConfirmationWhy buy wheels from an online wheel shop and tires from a separate tires online store when you can create a Wheels & Tire Package in one stop here at Tire Rack. Packages are shipped ready to mount with all the necessary hardware, including lugs, center caps and centering rings at no additional charge. And if you're looking to save additional money on your purchase, take a look at our special offers. All rebates apply to qualifying tires to ensure you get a great package at a low price.

Whether it's race, snow or street, create a Tire & Wheel Package for your vehicle today!