Switching to Non-Run-Flat Tires? Don't Have A Spare? Consider the Continental ContiComfortKit

Due to cost saving and weight saving measures taken by many auto manufacturers, an increasing number of cars today are sold without a compact or full size spare. Rather than be reliant on roadside assistance, many customers call in looking for ways to remedy the problem. While full size spare wheel and tire assemblies can be sold, they likely will not fit in...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin X-Ice Xi3

I've had these tires for one winter season on a front drive Ford Escape (NJ December, January and February). I do about 3,500 miles a month so I have about 11,000 miles on them. Excellent deep snow traction and very good hydroplaning resistance. They're snow tires so I don't expect excellent dry handling, but they do well and are predictable. I've also used...  Read More

How to Prepare Your Car or Truck for Holiday Travel

Like winter seasons before it, this holiday season will be one of the busiest times of the year for travel. Not only will millions of Americans take to the roadways, many will do so in the most unfavorable of conditions. Few things can dampen the holiday spirit like being stranded with a flat tire along a road in below freezing temperatures on roads that are...  Read More

Three Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Car Lover in Your Life!

When you think of Tire Rack, you likely think of our extensive information and selection of tires and wheels. You may have even purchased a Winter / Snow Tire & Wheel Package for your car to help conquer the snowy conditions this season. Did you know that we offer more than just tires and wheels? In fact, we have a variety of automotive accessories that...  Read More

Gift Shopping at Tire Rack

Do you plan to partake in gift giving this holiday season? Is that someone #alwaysthinkingabouttires like we are at Tire Rack? Take a look at these gift ideas for the car enthusiast in your life. The Accutire ABS Coated Air Gauge makes a great stocking stuffer. This air gauge's light makes it easy to read pressure numbers even in the dark and operates on a...  Read More

Winter: Get Ready and Be Prepared

As we approach the winter months, it's critical to understand how the changing temperatures can have an affect on your tires.  For every ten degrees in temperature change, you can gain or lose one psi of tire pressure. This can be a significant impact in tire pressure if not closely monitored. Do not rely on your Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS) to alert...  Read More

Love is...Autocrossing. And Tire Rack.

A happy couple, fun with cars and Tire Rack. A perfect marriage in our book. Angie and Woody Rogers, both Tire Rack employees, placed their first Tire Rack orders back in 1990 before even knowing each other. Later they met and the rest is (autocross) history. Woody, who began autocrossing in 1989, convinced Angie to come to an event for their first date. It...  Read More

Added Sense of Security with Continental's ContiComfortKit

Many owners of new vehicles are often surprised to find that their car, truck or SUV purchased in the last few years lacks a spare tire. In an effort to reduce weight and increase usable cargo space, many automakers are now relying on supplying roadside assistance in place of a temporary or full-size spare tire. While nothing can take the place of a spare...  Read More

Do I have to Put Run-Flat Tires on My BMW?

When it comes to tires for a BMW, many aren't pleased with the harsh ride and short treadlife of the Original Equipment run-flat tires. However, many owners are unsure if they're able to make the switch to a standard tire. The answer is not as difficult as you might think. BMWs can make the switch to non-run-flat tires, the same is true when switching to...  Read More

Quick Tips for Holiday Travel

If holiday travel plans take you states away, or just a few miles down the road, it's best to make sure your car and tires are ready. Hopefully some of these travel tips will help you have a safe journey to your destination.Check Your BatteryWe take them for granted, but they can be a major inconvenience when low on charge or dead. Many batteries can be...  Read More

No Spare Tire? We've Got the Option for You!

For the last several years, many car manufacturers (particularly BMW) have been switching to run-flat tires as Original Equipment with the advertised benefit of up to 50 miles of driving range once the tire has completely deflated. This ability can be very convenient when weather or other conditions do not allow for the driver to safely install a spare tire. ...  Read More

Make Sure Your Spare is Ready for Winter

We all know the importance of making sure the tires on our car have the proper inflation pressure. But what about your vehicle's fifth tire? Spare tires are often forgotten about or overlooked when it comes to maintenance. With your everyday tires being tested by summer's heat and your winter / snow tires battling harsh road conditions in the colder months,...  Read More

Road Trip Season

Summer is here, which for many of us means a vacation, often in the form of a road trip. If you're heading out by car, make sure your tires and other essential systems of your vehicle are ready for the road. Feel free to take a look at our handy road trip maintenance checklist. It gives a short list of things to check to make sure your car or truck is ready...  Read More

Deciding Between Run-Flat and Non-Run-Flat Tires

Many vehicles come equipped with run-flat tires from the manufacturer. Our sales specialists receive many calls from drivers asking if they can replace their run-flat tires with non-run-flat options. There are a few pros and cons when it comes to changing to a non-run-flat tire. Pros: Conventional tires are typically less expensive Better ride quality Longer...  Read More

Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Pilot Sport A/S Plus

I have a heavy foot and usually drive 80mph on most highways but do the speed limits in town. Many times, I will drive faster than 80mph. These tires are my 2nd set. I love them. They are extra-ordinarily fabulous. There are no other tires like them. These tires ought to be standard on all vehicles including trucks. If only I could get them on my 2011 toyota...  Read More

Winter Air Pressure Versus Summer Air Pressure

Ever hear of someone changing out "summer air" for "winter air" in their tires? It may sound a bit silly, but that old myth does have a small degree of truth to it. Of course the air itself doesn't need to be changed, but the tire's air pressure does change over time and with changes in ambient temperature. Therefore, when the temperature is changing...  Read More

Do I Need to Put Run-Flat Winter Tires On My BMW?

Every year I am asked by BMW drivers with factory installed run-flat tires if they need to stay with a run-flat option when it comes to purchasing winter / snow tires. There is no stipulation or rule that requires run-flat tires to be reinstalled as the dedicated winter tire choice, however there are some drawbacks you should be aware of before making the...  Read More

Summer Road Trip? Use This Maintenance Checklist.

Before setting off on your summer adventures, take some time to check your car over to ensure everything is in good running condition. A little bit of time spent in advance can save a lot of time and trouble on the road. The following is a good basic checklist to help get your vehicle prepared to take you wherever you want to go: Brakes - Since many traction...  Read More

What Air Pressure Should I Use in My Tires?

Many drivers understand it's important to monitor the air pressure in their tires. Improperly inflated tires hurt fuel economy and cause irregular and/or rapid tire wear in addition to posing safety problems.  It's recommend to check your tires' pressure at least once a month and before any long trip. Who really marks their calendar each month with a...  Read More

Checking Tire Air Pressure is the Easiest Way to Maximize Your Tire's Life

The air pressure in your tires is critical to their maintenance. Tires cost hundreds of dollars, so spending a few minutes every month is a small price to pay to maximize the return on your investment. What are the benefits of checking your tire's air pressure? In the case of an underinflated situation, the tire can experience uneven wear on both shoulders....  Read More