Tire Wear Signs: Do You Need New Tires?

tire wear signs

Don’t Go Bald

Tires are only vehicle components that touch the road, yet many drivers neglect their tires until it’s too late. While it’s difficult to provide a standard rule of thumb for how long you can drive before tires wear out—as tire wear usually varies by driver, region, and model—there are a few signs that your tires might be in bad shape.

According to How Stuff Works, there are many tire wear signs. One of the biggest things to look for is cracks in the sidewall. If you notice that your tires are starting to crack and appear worn, this is usually a sign that your tires are about to give out. Even if the tread is fine, cracking can be a serious issue.

Bulging and blistering is also a bad sign. While it’s rare to find bulges in your tires, it’s usually a sign that there’s a weak spot in the architecture of the tire. When there’s a weak spot in the rubber, that may be a sign that you are about to have a blowout.

Finally, check for bald spots and wear. One way to check tire tread is the penny test. Simply flip a penny upside down and put it in the middle of the tire tread. If you can see above Abe’s head, you may need new tires. Additionally, if you notice uneven wear (like bald patches), then you need to get new tires.

Looking for a new set of tires? You can have a professional technician inspect your tires or you can buy tires here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. Schedule an appointment today.

Chevrolet and DoSomething.org Launch Ride & Seek Campaign

Ride & Seek Campaign

Driving Safe This Fall

Safety Matters Most

Wearing a seatbelt is common sense for many drivers, but the teenage demographic often seems to have missed the memo. Despite warning signs and reminders all over the road, young drivers have a tendency to forego wearing a seatbelt. That’s prompted Chevrolet to partner up with DoSomething.org to launch the Ride & Seek campaign.

Promoting Seatbelt Usage

Designed to promote seatbelt usage among teenagers, the Ride & Seek campaign features a text message-based experience that allows teens to print a campaign poster and share it via text. Doing so will net teenagers a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship.

Engineered For Safety

“We are pleased to work with an organization like DoSomething.org to help spread the message about the importance of seat belt use,” said Tricia Morrow, Chevrolet’s safety engineer. The campaign initially launched a series of videos and includes many internet celebrities. The first video, titled “Amanda Steele Plays the Guessing Game,” features none other than Amanda Steel, star of a fashion-related YouTube channel. Steele also has a role in Guidance, a Hulu show.

Ride & Seek Campaign

The Ride & Seek campaign has a final goal of getting more teenage drivers to make use of their seatbelts. A vital safety feature that comes standard in every vehicle, seatbelts are the most basic first line of passenger protection in a collision.

We here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC hope to see seatbelt usage rise among teenage drivers.

Car Seat Safety Tips

Car Seat Safety TipsKnowing how to properly place and secure a car seat is vital to the safety of your child. Here are some car seat safety tips to help you and your family feel more secure.

First, while you’ll eventually have to turn the car seat around when your child’s legs grow too long, a rear-facing position is the safest way to secure a car seat, so keep it that way for as long as possible. Check the label and make sure the seat is appropriate for your child’s height and weight, and make sure the expiration date hasn’t passed. Car seats are only good for around six years!

Whether rear- or front-facing, a car seat needs to be tightly and accurately buckled in. Many car seats have click-in bases now, which simplifies the process. But if you don’t have one of these, you should follow the instructions that come with your car seat closely and practice until you can secure the seat quickly and efficiently.  You will often be in a hurry to get in your car and go, and you still need to buckle your baby in tight!

When in doubt, refer to the instructions that came with your car seat to ensure that it is properly installed!