Tips on driving in wet weather and hydroplaning prevention

all-season tires

When heading out in wet rainy weather it is important to take some safety precautions. It is important to make sure that the windshield wipers are functioning well and that the blades are not old and streak the windshield. It is also important to have washer fluid in the reservoir. Make sure that all the lights are functioning properly especially the emergency blinkers and make sure the brakes are functioning properly. Last but not least it is important to have good quality tires that are properly inflated.

Good quality tires are probably the number one protection against hydroplaning. There are many good tires on the market and with newer technologies there has been many advances in the tires capacity to avoid the loss of control due to hydroplaning. Tires like the Nokian enTYRE 2.0 all-season tires have a new innovative design with lateral grooves that allows more water to store between the tire and the road. This in addition with its polished main grooves helps accelerate the flow of water displaced by the surface tread. This is why it is important to maintain good quality tires with proper tire pressure because when tires wear out, the tires wet grip and aquaplaning properties deteriorate, and the risk for accidents due to hydroplaning increase. The danger of aquaplaning can be felt in the steering, it becomes difficult to control the car, this is especially true if you don’t have good tires or if they are in bad condition. Even new tires don’t completely eliminate the risk of aquaplaning. There are somethings you can do in addition to having good tires and that is to avoid areas of standing water, slow down your speed, especially around turns, and avoid following to closely behind the car in front of you.

Even with new tires properly inflated the truth is the odds of having a collision are greater in wet weather. There are many reasons for this other than the risk of hydroplaning, some accidents are caused by the fact that a hard rain limits visibility which can be challenging even for the most experienced drivers. Some things that can help is to make sure to keep the windshield clean at all times and to use the defroster both for the front and back windows. This will prevent moisture from collecting on the inside of the glass.

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Why To Use A Grader During Road Maintenance

Grader tire

When you repair or build roads, the graders are used for making surfaces flat and smooth before laying the asphalt level on top. First you will have compacted the ground and the material that will be the base of the road, when this is done and it has been compacted.  You will often have numerous of layers and gravel layer that is compacted before the surface is then graded so that it will be a smooth surface. The asphalt or concrete layers is the constructed on top of this.

Grader tires will need to have very good grip to be able to move the grader without having any tire slippage. Good driving comfort is a very big plus, as the roads are almost endless, so you will be spending a lot of time grading to repair or build roads. Graders are of course only one of the many machines that are used for building and repairing roads. You will in addition have excavators and loaders. These machines also need high quality tires to make sure that the roads are built without delays.

Durable excavator tires and loader tires for road maintenance will ensure that you can work with high degree of operating hours. Avoiding unscheduled downtime will make the process so much smoother and you can finish the work without unnecessary delays. Due to the high loads and existence of sharp rocks, you will need to have tires that can handle these conditions. Good quality tires will also have low rolling resistance so that you don’t use excessive amount of fuel to operate your machines.

When you are dealing with several machines it is good to consult the technical tire manual to ensure that you have made the correct tire selection and that you have the correct tire pressure for the intended load. Wrong tire pressure can wear out your tires prematurely and can make your operations less safe. Due to the high tire pressures that commercial tires contain, you need to take proper safety measurements when dealing with these tires. When inflating big tires, it should be done within a tire safety cage, to ensure that you avoid any personnel injuries during the inflation. Regular tire maintenance is advisable with daily inspection after the shift. You want to find problems early to avoid unscheduled interuptions.

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Proper Tires For Improved Safety

Commercial winter tires

Tires will always be an integral part of your semi-trailer truck or your heavy equipment’s safety. The tires are what keep you safe on the road that gives you stability and control while you drive. The wrong tire selection can make the driving unsafe, can slow down your work rate and increase the probability of accidents and safety hazards.

Tire selection should always start with the equipment that you will buy the tire for, the main use case of the tire and the intended load. Each type of equipment will have a few tires specially designed for them. Since downtime tends to be so expensive, the cost difference tends to be less of a decisive factor. It is more to find the ultimate grip and durability for the conditions, so that you are not slowed down by tire slippage or tire problems due to cuts or cracks.

For semi-trailer trucks it is difficult to check all the tires properly, as there can be some 18 tires and with the dual-wheel tires, it is difficult to actually do a full visual inspection. Haul tires should be designed for durability and low heat build up, to ensure that they give you good mileage combined with low wear. You will have different tires depending on position if they are drive tires, steer or then trailer tires. You will also need to equip your semi-trailer truck with the correct tires for winter if you will drive through areas that will have winter conditions, to ensure that you can drive safely.  Commercial winter tires will get you safely from point A to point B through snow and ice.

With heavy equipment though, you should try to wash the tires daily and check them for any damages. It is always better to address any tire problems as early as possible and schedule tire maintenance versus having to deal with on-site tire failures. Tire maintenance becomes important and remember before inflating tires, visit the technical tire manual to check the correct tire pressure and that you are within the load limits. When inflating industrial tires, make sure to use a safety cage, as the pressures are so high that serious accidents can happen if there is a tire failure during the inflation. Always deflate the tires if you do some work on the rims or on the tires.

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Why You Should Choose Summer Tires To Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Driving

summer tires

If you are driving a high performance car and you want to get the most out of your summer driving, I suggest you invest in some high quality summer tires. This is because summer tires have specially formulated softer rubber to be able to handle the rising temperatures in the summer months. This translates to a better grip of the road and better handling of your car. Let’s face it I didn’t invest in a high performance car to try to save money on tires and not get the full enjoyment out of my car. Same reason why you would switch to dedicated snow tires in the winter you should is switch to summer tires during the summer to get the most out of the performance of your car.

Once you know the benefits that you can get from summer tires, you will realize that they are worth the investment. All-season tires may still be good on summer roads, but their performance is average compared to dedicated summer tires. You are going to notice the difference in handling and performance with dedicated summer tires.

The compromise-free design that a summer tire features means that you will get better handling as well as traction in warm weather compared to all-season tires. Even though having two sets of tires in your garage may seem like a hassle, it is well worth it if you enjoy driving like I do. I decided to buy the Nokian zLine tires, which are especially tailored for high speeds and demanding use for varying summer weather

With dedicated summer tires, driving on both wet and dry summer roads will be a much more enjoyable experience. This is because the rubber compound will remain flexible even when the temperature rises. You will be able to maintain precise handling both while accelerating and braking and even when going around corners in high speeds. This tire has a specialized tread pattern that ensure more contact with the surface of the road and superior braking at both high and low speeds in both wet and dry roads.

Another big advantage with summer tires is the quiet ride as they are by far the tires with the least noise. It also allows you to feel the road making the driving experience even more enjoyable. Will all the advantages of a dedicated summer tire the inconvenience of owning 2 sets of tires seems minimal.

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Buses And Truck Have A Lot In Common When It Comes To Tires

Truck and Bus Tires

When it comes to the requirements that you expect from tires, there is a lot in common in-between trucks and bus tires. Buses cater to both inter city communication as well as intra-city communication. They carry big loads when they are full of passengers and in some cases luggage in addition to the passengers. The intra-city buses have a lot in common then with the long haul trucks that deliver cargo between logistic terminals or from shipping terminals to logistic terminals.

Both the buses and the trucks tend to be on quite short time schedule. For buses it is crucial that people can rely on the buses for their transportation needs, either for getting to work on time or getting to another city on a certain time. If people can’t rely on buses for getting on time, they will over time stop using them.

For trucks they both need to be able to stick to timetables either to deliver good just in time for further production or perishable products. They also need to utilize the trucks for more deliveries to maximize the output. For a profitable operation, you will need to have a high utilization rate of your equipment to ensure high profits.

Strict timetables increases the reasons why you need to invest in high quality tires that can deliver according to tight timetables with minimum or almost no down-time. Truck and bus tires that can drive through and in any weather conditions. It is always recommended that if you drive through areas that will have winter conditions that you have tires that are tested and approved for winter weather. In some countries it is mandatory to have winter tires on your trucks or buses if they will pass through the country’s borders.

commercial winter tires that are approved for winter weather will have a symbol depicting a mountain with three peaks and a snowflake inside. It is often just referred to as the 3PMSF-symbol. Tires that have this symbol on its sidewalls are approved and will give you the performance that you expect. Better grip and stability and drastically reduced braking distance will all ensure that your passengers and your cargo will all be in safer hands. It will also work as an extra insurance that you will make tight timetables as weather conditions should not slow you down.

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What Should You Take Into Consideration When Choosing Tires For An Electric SUV?

Non-Studded Tires

As we live in Vail, Colorado and recently purchased the Tesla X Model, we were in the market for some high quality SUV winter tires to make it through the winter safely. Since the Tesla X Model is our first electrical SUV, we were looking for a tire that was well suited for electrical SUVs in particular, not wanting to compromise on performance.

Since electrical cars are different than regular cars, they require tires with good grip to offset the heavier vehicle due to the battery packs. We also wanted to be able to still experience the 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds as promised to us when we bought the car. I wonder if that is still valid with winter tires however. Having done my research, I decided to buy the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV winter tires.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tire is especially designed for the icy and snowy roads and with its “Artic Sense Grip” it can handle the most difficult of winter road conditions. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tire is a non studded tires that has a unique tread pattern with its tailored sipes optimizing driving on snow, and ice by grabbing onto the driving surface. This tire is especially designed for high-performance sport utility vehicles by providing much needed stability while offering an enjoyable driving feel.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV also has “Aramid Sidewall” technology that makes the tire sidewalls extremely durable and puncture resistant. Strong aramid fibers make the sidewall virtually indestructible. This same material is used by the aerospace and defense industries.

I decided to go for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV tire as it’s especially good performing tire that lets us get the most out of our new Tesla. With the excellent grip and great stability, I know that driving will be a pleasure. It also has low rolling resistance, making you use less energy when you drive and thereby leaving a lighter environmental footprint.

Now that I have a great SUV winter tire for the winter season, I will start looking for recommendations for a good quality SUV tire for the rest of the year.

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Stay Safe In Winter With Dedicated Winter Tires

SUV winter tires

After having talked to quite a few people in North America, I noticed that quite many are not really able to answer what type of tires they have on their SUV. They often say that the tires on the SUV are performing better than what they have on their second vehicle. This lack of knowledge is a bit scary, as most people will at some point transport the whole family and they are putting everyone at risk if they don’t have proper tires.

If you don’t know what tires you have on your SUV, you might be in a situation that you are driving with wrong tires for the particular season. As there is no regulation in North America, except Quebec, that you have to have winter tires on your vehicle, winter tires are not that common in the States. People don’t really care enough about the tires, as they don’t really understand the significance of them. They don’t understand how dangerous it is to drive in winter condition with tires that are not approved for those conditions. There is a reason why they are not approved and that is that they do not perform very well. Why would you want to drive with tires that are not performing well or do not have any grip on slippery surfaces?

I do think there is a need for a lot more information about winter tires in North America, especially in the areas that actually experiences cold weather and winter conditions. It doesn’t matter if you refer to them as snow tires or winter tires, the main thing is that they are really needed and I do think there should be regulations in place where people would be forced to have winter tires during the harsh winter season, in the same way as other safety features like seatbelts which are made mandatory. I think it would reduce the accidents during wintertime drastically and make the roads safer.

If you have an SUV, you will need to have SUV winter tires mounted prior to driving in winter conditions. Failure to do so will put you and others in your surroundings in danger. Winter tires are of course not limited to SUVs, but all vehicles that drive during extreme wintertime should be equipped with winter tires.

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