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Tires form a flexible cushion between the vehicle and the road, which smooths out shock and makes for a comfortable ride.
In deep snow, winter treads improve traction by allowing the tire to rid itself of snow as it rolls, giving it a clear bite on the road.
When mounted on the vehicle, the wheel and tire may not be perfectly aligned to the direction of travel, and therefore may exhibit irregular wear.
Uneven wear patterns may be caused by improper inflation pressures, misalignment, improper balance, or suspension neglect.
One of the most common causes for ride disturbance is tires and wheels which are unbalanced.
A tire which has lost sufficient pressure to cause it to become distorted at the bottom will impair the stability of the vehicle and may damage the tire further if it is driven in this condition.
Excessive tire wear will reduce steering and braking response.
Select a replacement tire of the same brand, line, size and speed rating as the other tires on your vehicle unless you are replacing all four tires at the same time.
Fuel is one of their largest and fastest growing variable operating costs. When stuck on ice, snow, mud, or wet grass, the vehicle should be rocked gently back and forth by repeatedly shifting the gear lever from drive to reverse on automatic transmissions or reverse to second on manual transmissions. Avoid spinning the tires when stuck as this will lead to excessive wear and may cause long term damage to the tire.
Some vehicles carry a full size spare tire, already mounted on a wheel, to be used in the event of flat tire or blowout.
Did you know?
* The first practical pneumatic tire was made by the Scot, John Boyd Dunlop, in 1887 for his son's bicycle, in an effort to prevent the headaches his son had while riding on rough roads (Dunlop's patent was later declared invalid because of prior art by fellow Scot Robert William Thomson).
* Both Goodyear and Firestone start producing cord reinforced tires in 1904.
* First commercial pneumatic bicycle tire is produced by Dunlop in 1888.
* Poly/glass tires are introduced by Firestone and Goodyear in 1967.
* As wheels changed over time, the term "tire" continued to be used for the outer band even when it no longer served the purpose of tying the spokes together.
* Frank Seiberling invented grooved tires with improved road traction in 1908.
* Robert William Thomson invented and patented the pneumatic tire in 1846.
* BFGoodrich offered the first radial available in North America also in 1965.