Stratham Tire Bloghttp://strathamtire.com/blogMost recent posts.Thu, 12 Nov 2015 12:35:39 -0700en-ushourly1New England Winter Driving Tipshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/new-england-winter-driving-tipshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/new-england-winter-driving-tips#commentsThu, 12 Nov 2015 12:35:39 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/new-england-winter-driving-tips<p> It&rsquo;s the time of year that New Englanders accept the inevitable: winter is coming.&nbsp; To help keep you safe on the road this season we&rsquo;ve rounded up some helpful tips from the folks at <a href="http://bestride.com/special-sections/ultimate-winter-driving-guide">BestRide.com</a>.&nbsp; The most obvious place to start is with the basics like being attentive to your surroundings and identifying conditions further down the road.&nbsp; The basics also include removing the snow from your car, ensuring your windshield wipers are ready for the season, and using your headlights to see and be seen.&nbsp; The next step in becoming a safer winter driver is understanding your vehicle.<img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/791/Winter-Driving-Tips-min.jpg" style="float: right; width: 241px; height: 159px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" /></p> <p> It&rsquo;s important to understand your vehicle&rsquo;s drive system because it is one of the biggest factors in how it handles wintery road conditions.&nbsp; The four main types of drive systems are four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.&nbsp; While these all have their own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to winter driving, it all comes down to traction and knowing how your car handles certain conditions.&nbsp; BestRide.com put together a great <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CbkQ4n2hLA">video of a Chevrolet Corvette </a>showcasing that even the most powerful rear-wheel drive cars can be driven in winter conditions with <a href="http://strathamtire.com/winter-tire-packages">quality winter tires</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;Wyatt Knox of <a href="https://teamoneil.com/">Team O&rsquo;Neil Rally School</a> summed it up perfectly when he said, &ldquo;&hellip;Tests have proven that two-wheel drive cars equipped with winter tires consistently outperform all-wheel drive vehicles with all-season tires in winter conditions.&rdquo;&nbsp; For instance, many drivers wonder if rear-wheel drive cars are bad in the snow?&nbsp; The answer: Not necessarily.</p> <p> Is there anything else you should be doing to stay safe on the road this winter?&nbsp; Yes.&nbsp; Being fully prepared for winter driving requires having the right tools if needed.&nbsp; This essentials list includes jumper cables or a booster pack, warm clothing, a flashlight, traction aid, a snow brush or ice scraper, and a tow strap.&nbsp; These will help you prepare for the unexpected this winter.&nbsp; We hope that you&rsquo;ve found these tips helpful and remember to take extra time and care driving this winter!&nbsp;</p> <p> Data provided by <a href="http://bestride.com/special-sections/ultimate-winter-driving-guide">BestRide.com&rsquo;s Ultimate Winter Driving Guide</a>.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/new-england-winter-driving-tips/feed0Get A Grip: Do Winter Tires Really Matter?http://strathamtire.com/blog/view/get-a-grip-do-winter-tires-really-matterhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/get-a-grip-do-winter-tires-really-matter#commentsWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:47:25 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/get-a-grip-do-winter-tires-really-matter<p> If you&#39;ve used winter tires on your vehicle in the past then you understand the difference they can make.&nbsp; However, if you are one of the many drivers that use all-season tires for winter conditions, listen up! Because this one is for you.&nbsp; The infographic below will help you better understand&nbsp; how an upgrade to snow tires could be the difference between a fender bender and a safe return from the grocery store during inclimate weather.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> If you ever find yourself driving on slippery, snowy roads -- it might be time to take advantage of our great deals on snow tires. Learn more about <a href="http://strathamtire.com/winter-tires">snow tires and winter driving in New Hampshire and Maine</a>&nbsp;today.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="Stratham Tires NH | Winter Tire Infographic" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/783/Stratham-Tire-Winter-Tires-Infographic.png" style="width: 702px; height: 1014px;" /></p> /blog/view/get-a-grip-do-winter-tires-really-matter/feed0Tips to Prepare your Vehicle for fallhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-prepare-your-vehicle-for-fallhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-prepare-your-vehicle-for-fall#commentsFri, 14 Aug 2015 13:02:51 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-prepare-your-vehicle-for-fall<h2> Fall Car Care Tips</h2> <p> Whenever the temperature changes, it&#39;s a good reminder that it&#39;s time to take care of some routine care maintenance. If the seasons change without taking a look at your car&#39;s upkeep (unless you have the same weather all year), it might be time for a visit to your local auto-shop. If you&#39;re in New England, you can <a href="http://strathamtire.com/">schedule an appointment online at Stratham Tire</a>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <h3> <strong>Top off your Fluids</strong></h3> <p> &nbsp;This one is fairly basic. But it&#39;s always a good idea to check the levels on your antifreeze/coolant, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid. If any of these levels are too low, it&#39;s simple to buy a bottle of fluid at the gas station or your local auto parts store. Keeping these fluids topped off as often as possible is one way to stay safer on the road -- especially when frost begins to become a factor. If you&#39;re unshure about where to look for any of these fluids or aren&#39;t confident -- just stop by a local auto-repair or oil change shop like Stratham Tire, the technicians there will be more than happy to top your fluids off for a small fee.</p> <h3> Inspect your battery and lights</h3> <p> So you head out to your car on a cool fall morning, coffee in hand -- just on time to leave for work -- but you turn the ignition and all you hear is a click. Chances are your battery is dead. Before this happens, inspect your battery to make sure the terminals are secure and not corroded. If you find anything that doesn&#39;t look right, it might be time to get a new battery or (at the very least) perform some preventative maintenance on the one you have. This is what a corroded battery lead will look like:</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/771/corroded-battery-lead.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 250px;" /></p> <p> After you check your battery, be sure to ensure that your car&#39;s headlights and tail lights are in good shape. Visibility is especially important when the weather begins to get cooler.&nbsp;</p> <h3> Replace your car or truck&#39;s air filter</h3> <p> For most vehicles, your air filter should be replaced at least twice a year. In fact, if you can&#39;t remember the last time you replaced your air filter -- it&#39;s probably a good idea to go ahead and replace it! Replacing your air filter can have a very real impact on fuel efficiency and your vehicle&#39;s overall performance.</p> <h3> Is your car doing something &quot;funny&quot;?</h3> <p> Is your car doing something you can&#39;t explain? Vehicles of every kind can run into a wide variety of issues that cause symptoms ranging from odd noises to reduced performance. If your vehicle is doing something you think requires the help of an expert -- Stratham Tire is here to help.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/tips-to-prepare-your-vehicle-for-fall/feed0Tips for Towing in New Hampshire http://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-towing-in-new-hampshirehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-towing-in-new-hampshire#commentsTue, 07 Apr 2015 15:45:55 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-for-towing-in-new-hampshire<p> Whether you&rsquo;re new to towing or a seasoned veteran who tows your Snowmobiles up north in the winter and your boat to the lakes region in the summer, it&rsquo;s important to keep in mind the toll that towing can take on your vehicle while also taking precautions to keep everyone on the road safe.&nbsp;<img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/726/summer-photo1.png" style="width: 470px; height: 246px; float: right;" /></p> <p> <strong>Be Safe</strong></p> <p> According to state and federal law, every trailer or semi-trailer (including farm vehicles) should have &ndash; in addition to the coupling device &ndash; a safety chain, or cable to prevent the trailer from breaking away from the towing vehicle.</p> <p> No vehicle may tow more than 1 vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer &ndash; except for those exclusively designated for agricultural use, or authorized by the DMV.</p> <p> <strong>Know Your Weight</strong></p> <p> Your vehicle&rsquo;s tow rating (typically found in your vehicle&rsquo;s manual) is a simplification of a number of equations. When towing, what matters the most is the combined weight allowed for your rig &ndash; your gross combined weight rating (GCWR). This includes your vehicle, its occupants, your cargo, and everything in the trailer. The rating for your specific vehicle can be found in the sticker on the inside of your door.</p> <p> <strong>Mind Your Brakes</strong></p> <p> When it comes to actually getting on the road, the first thing you&rsquo;ll want to keep in mind is that towing can be rough on your brakes, so baby them. Even a small trip to the lake can tax your brakes, so go easy on them. Instead of riding the brakes, just lightly pump them in gentle pulses instead &ndash; otherwise you risk them overheating. Also make use of downshifting while driving down hills.</p> <p> <strong>Watch Your Speed</strong></p> <p> For most states, 55mph is the top-speed for towing. Especially onrough roads and in high wind and rain &ndash; paying careful attention to your speed and the driving conditions can mean the different between safely arriving at your destination and having an accident.</p> <p> <strong>Know Your Stopping Distance</strong></p> <p> Always remember, stopping with a trailer will take a lot more room than normal. Don&rsquo;t take your trailer for granted, even with the beefiest truck or SUV, a trailer can still take up to 50% longer to stop.</p> <p> <strong>Check Your Tires (all of them!)</strong></p> <p> We wouldn&rsquo;t be a tire company if we didn&rsquo;t recommend that you check your tires <em>whenever </em>you&rsquo;re towing. But don&rsquo;t just stop at your vehicle, make sure you check your trailer&rsquo;s tires as well. Far too often an incredible weekend trip comes to a squealing (or grinding) stop because someone forgot to replace the old, cracked tires on their trailer. In addition to periodically checking tire tread depth and wear, think about picking up a spare tire for your trailer. You&rsquo;d be surprised by how many trailers don&rsquo;t actually include a spare tire, but you&rsquo;ll be happy you have one when you&rsquo;re spending time in the water or at your campsite instead of on the side of the road waiting for a replacement.<br /> <br /> Looking for a spare trailer tire? We can help! Contact <a href="http://strathamtire.com/MyInstallers/map">your local Stratham Tire</a> today to learn more.</p> <p> <strong>Take Your Trailer Seriously, Get Professional Service </strong></p> <p> A lot of drivers experienced with towing tend to let the condition of their trailers take &ldquo;second fiddle&rdquo; to their main vehicle. It&rsquo;s understandable that you would take much better care of your daily driver than your trailer. But if anything goes wrong with your trailer &ndash; from your wheel bearings to a flat tire, think about getting experienced help. Due to the strain that a trailer can put on a vehicle, it&rsquo;s important to make sure any issues get corrected properly, otherwise you may do damage to your vehicle, additional damage to your trailer, or risk causing an accident.</p> <p> <strong>Adjust Your Mirrors</strong></p> <p> Don&rsquo;t blind yourself! If you&rsquo;re towing anything, make sure your visibility is good. Without adjusting your mirrors or adding towing mirrors you won&rsquo;t be able to fully see the vehicles behind you or beside you.</p> <p> <strong>Stop More Often</strong></p> <p> Driving is tiring. Due to constantly adjusting your vehicle, paying extra attention to travelers around you, and making fine adjustments to your steering wheel at all times -- driving with a trailer or boat can be twice as tiring. If you&rsquo;re traveling with a trailer, boat, camper, or mobile home, do yourself a favor and stop twice as often as you normal would.</p> <p> <strong>Back Up, Carefully</strong></p> <p> Backing up a trailer isn&rsquo;t exactly easy. For most drivers, your best bet is to simply avoid situations where you&rsquo;ll have to reverse. For instance, try skipping the drivethrough! However, sometimes it&rsquo;s hard to avoid needing to back up. Should this happen, reverse with your hand on the bottom of the steering wheel, and move your hand in the direction you need the trailer to travel</p> /blog/view/tips-for-towing-in-new-hampshire/feed0Tips to Get your Vehicle Ready for Summerhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-get-your-vehicle-ready-for-summerhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-get-your-vehicle-ready-for-summer#commentsTue, 31 Mar 2015 15:32:21 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tips-to-get-your-vehicle-ready-for-summer<p> Spring is here, and summer is coming. But as the snowbanks shrink and the temperature rises, don&rsquo;t forget to get your car ready for the heat and stop and go traffic that will soon be upon us, because just like winter &ndash; spring and summer require just a little preparation to keep you on the road without issue.</p> <p> Lessen the odds of mechanical failure and wasted time while maximizing the life of your vehicle with just a few simple tips for the warmer months.&nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/725/summer-photo2.png" style="width: 470px; height: 246px; float: right;" /></p> <p> <strong><u>Cooling System</u></strong></p> <p> Overheating is the most common cause of summer breakdowns. Wouldn&rsquo;t you rather relax on the beach than on the side of the road? About every two years your cooling system should be flushed and refilled. On top of this, the level, concentration, and condition of your coolant should be checked from time to time. &nbsp;Typically, this includes a 50/50 mix of water and antifreeze. In addition, drive belts, hoses, and clamps should be inspected by a professional to ensure they&rsquo;re in proper condition to keep your car running &ndash; no matter the temperature.</p> <p> <strong><u>Air Conditioning</u></strong></p> <p> Air conditioning is a beautiful thing, when it works. After waiting all winter for a nice summer day, you&rsquo;ll wish you were in the North Pole the minute your air conditioning dies on a hot summer day. A poorly running A/C system <em>will </em>fail in hot weather. Having your system checked by a technician prevents this hot, sweaty inconvenience. It is also good to replace your cabin air filters to ensure the air circulating throughout the car is clean and pure. Need your A/C looked at before summer weather rolls in? <a href="http://strathamtire.com/appointments">Schedule </a>an appointment with us today. &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><u>Engine Performance</u></strong></p> <p> With road salt and sand from winter and spring, and the inevitable dust of summer, it&rsquo;s recommended to have your vehicle&rsquo;s filters checked every so often (air, fuel, etc). Also, if you&rsquo;re beginning to notice engine problems, such as rough idling, stalling, reduced power, or hard starts &nbsp;schedule an appointment today before the potential problem gets any worse.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><u>Oil</u></strong></p> <p> No matter what season it is, keeping up with your oil change schedule will keep your vehicle&rsquo;s performance at its peak, while also improving your gas mileage.&nbsp; Ideally, you should change your oil and oil filter as specified in your vehicle&rsquo;s manual. If you frequently tow a trailer or only drive short distances, you should probably get your oil changed more often (every 3,000-4,000 miles)</p> <p> <strong><u>Windshield Wipers</u></strong></p> <p> Sometimes, when it rains it pours. When that happens, you don&rsquo;t want to get caught with damaged or subpar windshield wipers. Stay safe on the road, replace worn wiper blades and get plenty of windshield washer fluid.</p> <p> <u><strong>Tires</strong></u></p> <p> We tend to do the most driving in the summer, which serves as a good reminder to maximize the life of your tires. A large part of which is rotating your tires in 5,000 mile intervals. In addition, check your tire pressure once a month (before driving), check for uneven tire wear, and examine your tires for tread depth, nicks, and cuts.</p> <p> If you begin to notice that your tires are wearing unevenly (use this <a href="http://strathamtire.com/blog/view/a-simple-tip-to-check-your-tire-tread">simple trick</a> to check). If your vehicle seems to drift in your lane &ndash; you may need an alignment. &nbsp;</p> <p> <u><strong>Brakes</strong></u></p> <p> Do you notice persistent screeching noises, grabbing, pulsing, or a longer stopping distance than normal? You might need new brake pads or rotors. Take a look at your vehicle&rsquo;s manual to get a good idea for how often your brakes should be replaced, and schedule an appointment to get them looked at. Take care of brake issues quickly to prevent potentially dangerous driving conditions.&nbsp;</p> /blog/view/tips-to-get-your-vehicle-ready-for-summer/feed0A Simple Tip to Check Your Tire Treadhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/a-simple-tip-to-check-your-tire-treadhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/a-simple-tip-to-check-your-tire-tread#commentsTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:59:00 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/a-simple-tip-to-check-your-tire-tread<p> Ever wondered, &quot;Do I need new tires yet?&quot; or &quot;Are my tires wearing evenly on all sides?&quot;.</p> <p> Well, the best way to determine that would be with a tread-depth gauge. But who has one of those just sitting around? &nbsp;Most tires will not pass an inspection if your tread depth is less than&nbsp;2/32 inch. &nbsp;A quick and easy way to determine this is with a penny.<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/723/IMG_20150325_180129778_TOP.jpg" style="width: 693px; height: 390px;" /></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Just place the penny into a number of different tread grooves across the tire. As long as Lincoln&#39;s head is covered by the tread you have more than enough to last (more than 2/32&quot;). &nbsp;</p> <p> Then again, if you find yourself seeing more and more of Lincoln&#39;s head or you notice that it&#39;s different all around the vehicle, it&#39;s time to start looking at &nbsp;new tires -- or at the least, a tire rotation. Feel free to schedule an appointment at your local <a href="http://strathamtire.com/MyInstallers/map">Stratham Tire Location</a>&nbsp;and don&#39;t forget to take advantage of one of our many <a href="http://strathamtire.com/promotions">coupons</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> /blog/view/a-simple-tip-to-check-your-tire-tread/feed0Tire testing from “A” to “C”http://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tire-testing-from-a-to-chttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tire-testing-from-a-to-c#commentsMon, 16 Mar 2015 09:56:26 -0600Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/tire-testing-from-a-to-c<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> At Stratham Tire, we do our best to stay on top of everything when it comes to tires. With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to give our customers a quick rundown on how tires are tested&nbsp;<em>before</em>&nbsp;being made available to consumers. Because of the variety of driving conditions faced in New Hampshire and Maine, getting the right tires is essential when it comes to safety, performance, and longevity.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Tire testing is a critical element that helps separate different qualities and types of tires. When we think of a quality tire we think of dependability. This dependability is crucial considering the demanding driving conditions that we face daily. The brand and price of a tire also does not solely dictate how well the tire will perform. One must take into consideration driving style, type of vehicle&nbsp;and the location in which the vehicle is driving.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> <span style="font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5;">All of the above considerations are valid elements that tire testers actively consider when testing tires. All tires sold in the United States today must meet federal safety standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration enforces the Uniform Tire Quality Grade System, and tires must meet certain expectations set by government-mandated tests. These tests include a tread wear, traction&nbsp;and temperature resistance test. All of these tests are completed by the manufacturer who then reports the results to the government.</span></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When the test results are analyzed and given back from the government the manufactures then assign grades to each particular tire. These grades are input into the sidewall of each different type of tire they manufacture. When grading tread wear, the grades range from 60 to over 500. The higher the grade, the better the tread wear will be on the tire. When grading traction testers first look at the tire&rsquo;s ability to stop a vehicle in a straight motion on a wet pavement test surface. When testing traction the test does not require you to test for acceleration. Traction grades range from &ldquo;AA&rdquo; to &ldquo;C&rdquo; with &ldquo;AA&rdquo; being the highest possible grade.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When measuring temperature we look at the ability of the tire to maintain the ability to dissipate heat under a controlled indoor test. Temperature grades will range from &ldquo;A&rdquo; to &ldquo;C&rdquo; with &ldquo;A&rdquo; being the best grade. When analyzing speed ratings we look at indoor laboratory testing. In this lab testing, measurements of high speed tire durability are conducted under controlled test conditions. You might be asking yourself the question, why do we need a speed test; I thought people were supposed to stay under the speed limit? To this we answer, the reality is that people are not always going to obey the speed limit. With this said the tires top speed capability must at least equal the vehicles top speed capability. Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of the importance of tire testing, and how it might play into the tires you count on everyday.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> For more information on tires and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/me-tire.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="maine tires">tire sales in ME</a>&nbsp;and NH, please don&rsquo;t hesitate to contact us or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="stratham tire locations">visit your nearest Stratham Tire location.</a></p> /blog/view/tire-testing-from-a-to-c/feed0The Importance of your ME or NH State Inspectionhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-your-me-or-nh-state-inspectionhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-your-me-or-nh-state-inspection#commentsMon, 02 Mar 2015 09:55:36 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-importance-of-your-me-or-nh-state-inspection<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Imagine you&rsquo;re driving down the road on a sunny day, enjoying the weather with the windows down and the music up. All of a sudden, the car ahead of you comes careening to a sudden stop, leaving you with only one place to go: forward. Fender meets bumper and the sound of plastic crunching signals the</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> &nbsp;beginning of your very bad day.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/799/nh-state-inspection.png" style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 17.55px; text-align: justify; width: 300px; height: 225px; float: right;" /></p> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> So how could it have been avoided? Maybe you could have been born with faster reflexes, maybe your car could respond just a little quicker, or chances are you couldn&rsquo;t do anything about it at all. Why? Because the other car had missed its yearly inspection, allowing an existing car problem to develop into a catastrophic safety issue that eventually caused your unfortunate accident. This leads to a few important questions: What are state inspections, and why do they exist?&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Many years ago, most U.S. states began requiring yearly or biennial state inspections for vehicles. Other states require a safety inspection when a car&rsquo;s title changes, and some states don&rsquo;t require a safety inspection at all. In most cases, safety inspections for passenger cars and&nbsp;2 axle trucks require that a variety of items are checked: the suspension components, braking systems, tires, lighting and electrical systems, steering, glass, mirrors, wipers, windshield washer, defroster, the odometer and speedometer,&nbsp;exhaust systems, the horn and warning devices, the chassis, and the body. After the passing of the clean air act amendment in 1997, state inspections also include various anti-tampering checks to ensure that emissions components required by the state are not removed or altered.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> So you might be wondering? How does the requirement of a state inspection involve me? The hypothetical situation at the opening of this article should illustrate the need for a state inspection. However, the positive impact of state inspections has also been studied by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which discovered in 2002 that out of all the states in the U.S., the ones that require annual vehicle inspections tend to have accident rates that are up to 20% lower than states that don&rsquo;t require inspections.</p> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/800/nh-state-inspection.jpg" style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 17.55px; text-align: justify; width: 287px; height: 287px; float: right;" /> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> For many drivers, getting a state inspection is a source of constant trepidation because they fear the potential costs that it might lead to. However, isn&rsquo;t your safety on the road worth the annual checkup? You tend to get a yearly physical at the doctor&rsquo;s office to make sure everything is in proper working order, why not do the same for the vehicle you entrust your safety and the safety of your family to?&nbsp;</p> </div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;"> &nbsp;</div> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Especially with so many looming economic&nbsp;hardships across the country, some of the mor</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> e expensive problems with a driver&rsquo;s vehicle might go ignored or unnoticed, leaving the driver blissfully ignorant of the problem in their vehicle, until of course it causes a potentially deadly accident like the one described earlier. So as you can see, without vehicle inspections &ndash; states run the risk of creating a trend that puts cars with problems like faulty wipers and bad breaks on the road, leading to blind drivers, drivers that can&rsquo;t stop, a plethora of other hazards, and an all around more dangerous situation.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> At Stratham Tire, we make a point to getting your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/nh-state-inspection.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="nh state inspection">NH state inspection</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/nh-state-inspection.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="ME state inspection">ME state inspection</a>&nbsp;easy with fast service, helpful advice, and&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em><strong>honest&nbsp;</strong></em>inspection you&rsquo;re looking for. For more information, contact us today or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="nh me tires">visit your nearest Stratham Tire location</a>.</p> </div> /blog/view/the-importance-of-your-me-or-nh-state-inspection/feed0Keep Money in Your Pocket with More Fuel Efficient Tireshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/keep-money-in-your-pocket-with-more-fuel-efficient-tireshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/keep-money-in-your-pocket-with-more-fuel-efficient-tires#commentsWed, 18 Feb 2015 10:24:50 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/keep-money-in-your-pocket-with-more-fuel-efficient-tires<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Most people realize that a car or truck&rsquo;s tire&nbsp;is an essential part of the vehicle and overall driving experience. What people may not realize is that all tires are not created equal and rolling resistance plays a large part in a tire&rsquo;s&nbsp;overall worth. Rolling resistance is the underlining factor in fuel efficiency that directly relates to your tire. In simple terms this literally means the amount of force that is needed to keep your tire rotating. If your vehicle&nbsp;needs more force it is going to consume more gasoline.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> <span style="font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5;">Luckily there are fuel efficient tires that are engineered for low rolling resistance which reduces the strain on your motor which allows for improved fuel mileage. With gas prices on the rise some states have started conducting tire studies. These studies are designed to help assist consumers in finding the most fuel efficient tires at an affordable price.</span></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> So why are fuel-efficient tires more efficient? These tires are made with an innovative assortment of materials that generate less heat when you drive. Also the tires have a reduced tread depth that allows for an even higher decrease in tire resistance. Next time you need tires or if your vehicles gas mileage is becoming consistently worse, consider fuel efficient tires as a cost saving alternative.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> In addition to fuel efficient tires nitrogen in place of the air inside your tires can improve the longevity of your tires. Nitrogen is a colorless and odorless element. As far back as 1772, Scottish physician Daniel Rutherford discovered Nitrogen as a component of air. However, while nitrogen might be plentiful throughout the universe it is a relatively uncommon element here on earth. The element can also appear as a liquid or a solid along with its most common form, gas. Nitrogen does require extra care, however. When used in large quantities in a small area it can displace oxygen causing an asphyxiation hazard. As an automotive&nbsp;tool it should be left to the professionals.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Over the years nitrogen tire inflation has been used in many applications that demand top tire performance. Some of these applications are U.S. military, commercial aircraft, race cars and even NASA. The reason why nitrogen helps with tire wear is because nitrogen escapes from the tire 30% slower than oxygen. When a nitrogen filled tire heats up the pressure inside of the tire is less likely to flex. When the tire pressure&nbsp;flexes less it helps the tire stay at recommended pressure. When the tires remain at OEM recommended pressures fuel mileage is vastly improved, saving you money in the long run. So next time you get your tires changed, ask about nitrogen!</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> At Stratham Tire, we&rsquo;re experts when it comes to serving New Hampshire and Maine with the tires needed for just about any type of driver. For&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/nh-tire.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="NH tires">Tires in NH</a>&nbsp;or ME,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="stratham tire nh me locations">contact us</a>&nbsp;today or stop by your local Stratham Tire location.</p> /blog/view/keep-money-in-your-pocket-with-more-fuel-efficient-tires/feed0The Case For Winter Tires: Keeping You Safe When the Weather is Far from Friendlyhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-case-for-winter-tires-keeping-you-safe-when-the-weather-is-far-from-friendlyhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-case-for-winter-tires-keeping-you-safe-when-the-weather-is-far-from-friendly#commentsTue, 17 Feb 2015 10:26:07 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-case-for-winter-tires-keeping-you-safe-when-the-weather-is-far-from-friendly<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> If you live in the parts of the country that are challenged by white roads, slippery conditions, and an all around grueling driving experience; the slightest change in weather can mean difference between a &ldquo;safe&rsquo; driving situation and one that&rsquo;s potentially dangerous,</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> In these areas, snow tires can be a&nbsp;<em>lifesaver.&nbsp;</em>You might be saying to yourself, &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve never used snow tires, and I don&rsquo;t<em>need&nbsp;</em>tires. My tires are just fine for driving in snow.&rdquo; In this case, it might be high time that you brush up on what you know about snow tires.&rdquo;</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> <strong>Why You Need Snow Tires</strong></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Whether you have a large 4-wheel drive vehicle or a small 2 door sedan, chances are you could still benefit from snow tires. No matter the case, whether you have traction control, all wheel drive, or if the all season tires that came with you have simply served you well&nbsp;<em>so far</em>, if you routinely drive in icy conditions (I&rsquo;m looking at you New England and the Great Lakes) winter tires will keep you safer. When it comes to the difference between all season tires and modern winter tires, the two do not even stand in the same category. They are&nbsp;<em>entirely&nbsp;</em>different.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Not only do winter tires have thicker, chunkier, and meatier treads, they are also manufactured with special rubber and a different design. Rubber is a pliable material, and certain formulations of rubber have different operating conditions at different temperatures. For example, your all season tires are manufactured of rubber that maintains a certain level of flexibility in various temperatures. This ensures that the tire grips the road properly in each season. However, winter tires are made with a different rubber compound that helps the rubber keep its flexibility in cold weather.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> While the rubber in an all season tire might get hard in cold temperatures, the rubber in snow tires is able to flex and move so that the tire&rsquo;s special tread will work properly to evacuate snow, slush, and ice. At the same time, its flexibility also helps the tread pattern work the tire through whatever winter can put in its path.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> You&rsquo;re probably thinking, &ldquo;this is all great, but what about how the tire is actually designed?&rdquo; and that brings to mind one of the most essential features of a winter tire &ndash; their tread design. Not only do they use a chunkier design to gain better traction, but they also use a tread pattern that makes sure snow and ice do not become lodged inside the tire&rsquo;s grooves. This helps the tire keep the treads open and effective, delivering better traction and safety through ice, snow, slush, and water. However, while the tread design is important, one of the unsung heroes of the winter tire is something you might have never heard of, called&nbsp;<em>siping.</em></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> The story of the thin cuts in the tread surface of your tire,dates back to the story of John F. Sipe. In most cases, the story says that Sipe worked in a slaughterhouse. Other stories say that sipe was a deckhand. Either way, Sipe needed a solution to&nbsp;<em>stop slipping</em>. To do that, he cut small slits into the tread of his shoes, which provided better traction then when his shoes had&nbsp;<em>uncut</em>&nbsp;tread. Years later, the same concept was brought to the tire industry and driving in slippery conditions all of a sudden got better and better. These cuts allow the tread to pump open and closed, which also creates a squeegeeing motion that moves water away from the tire while simultaneously improving traction on the road surface.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> <strong>Some common questions about snow tires</strong></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> &ldquo;<em><strong>Do I really need snow tires?&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> If you only get a light dusting of snow every year, probably not. Or if you live in an area with a light amount of snow and you drive a truck or sport utility vehicle with 4-wheel drive, you&rsquo;ll probably be fine. However, if you find yourself constantly snowed in, if you drive a smaller car, or are stuck in the tire tracks from a bigger vehicle &ndash; yes, snow tires will help you.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> &ldquo;<em><strong>Do I need snow tires on all four tires?&rdquo;</strong></em></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Yes. Without matching tires your tires will wear unevenly, they won&rsquo;t perform properly, and they won&rsquo;t give you the level of safety you&nbsp;<em>think</em>&nbsp;you&rsquo;re paying for. When snow tires are on the front of your car (maybe in the case of a front-wheel-drive sedan) the rear end of your vehicle may spin out. If you put winter tires on the rear axle of your car (for a rear-wheel-drive vehicle) there&rsquo;s also the chance that the front can spin out. In either case, you never want your vehicle spinning out of control.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> &ldquo;<strong>How long can I use snow tires?&rdquo;</strong></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Because winter tires use a softer and more pliable rubber for the cold months, you have to remember to replace them with all season tires when it begins to get warmer. When driven when it&rsquo;s too warm out, winter tires will be too soft and will wear much faster than they should.</p> /blog/view/the-case-for-winter-tires-keeping-you-safe-when-the-weather-is-far-from-friendly/feed0Tire Alignments: An Affordable Cost Saverhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/search-tire-alignments-an-affordable-cost-saverhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/search-tire-alignments-an-affordable-cost-saver#commentsTue, 17 Feb 2015 09:49:52 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/search-tire-alignments-an-affordable-cost-saver<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> One of the most important maintenance activity&rsquo;s you can perform on your car is a tire alignment. A basic definition of a tire alignment service is the adjustment one makes to adjust the wheels to be sure the vehicle is driving safely and efficiently. When a proper tire alignment is completed the benefits include the avoidance of unnecessary wear on your tires and steering mechanism as well as improved gas mileage. The money you spend on aligning is usually less than the cost of one tire and can save you a large amount of money in the long run.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> So why does your car become misaligned? Rough road conditions with a combination of mechanical wear and tear are the main reasons of why a car becomes misaligned. If a vehicle remains without proper alignment it can cause serious dangers to drivers and passengers. Drivers may experience difficulty in the handling of their vehicle which can be unsafe. In addition, by examining your tires you can determine if they are wearing incorrectly. If your tire is as little as an eighth of an inch unaligned it can have devastating wear effects on your tires. This is why it is so important to have a proper alignment.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> You also might be asking yourself, &ldquo;how often I should get my wheels aligned?&rdquo; After reviewing your owner&rsquo;s manual for specifics on tire alignment, 10,000 miles is usually the general amount of mileage you want to be around when completing an alignment. When driving, if you notice that your vehicle is pulling to one side or that the vehicle is awkwardly shimmying, it is in your best interest to have your vehicle checked out as soon as possible. Alignment in NH and other northeast states can sometimes be done more frequently due to the large amount of potholes found on the roads after the winter months. Potholes and other road hazards present a problem to many drivers due to their ability to force a vehicle out of alignment from forceful and sudden impact.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> You might be asking yourself now, how tire alignment actually works. Overall the process generally takes under an hour. A technician will drive your can onto a platform that will allow your wheels to spin. When the wheels are spinning a computer will check the rotation and orientation of each wheel. The computer is programmed with information specifically for your car for the year, make and model. If the wheels are found to be misaligned they will be adjusted to the correct position. In most cases your vehicle will be taken for a test drive before and after the alignment process by the technician to ensure the proper adjustments have been made.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> As a leading provider of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/wheel-alignments.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="tire alignment nh me">tire alignments in NH and ME</a>, Stratham Tire has dedicated specialists at every location to ensure the tire alignment you get is done properly the first time. Especially through the winter months, where potholes will knock you out of alignment or the summer months were you tend to drive more &mdash; it&rsquo;s important to stay on top of regularly scheduled maintenance like tire alignments. For more on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/wheel-alignments.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" target="_blank" title="me nh tire alignment">ME and NH tire alignments</a>&nbsp;and any other services,<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" target="_blank" title="contact Stratham Tire">contact your nearest Stratham Tire location today</a>.</p> /blog/view/search-tire-alignments-an-affordable-cost-saver/feed0Helping Keep the Planet Clean With Proper Battery Disposalhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/helping-keep-the-planet-clean-with-proper-battery-disposalhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/helping-keep-the-planet-clean-with-proper-battery-disposal#commentsTue, 03 Feb 2015 09:46:31 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/helping-keep-the-planet-clean-with-proper-battery-disposal<p> <span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 17.55px; text-align: justify;">If you need&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/nh-car-batteries.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 17.55px; text-align: justify;" title="car batteries nh me">car batteries in NH or ME</a><span style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: helvetica; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 17.55px; text-align: justify;">, Stratham Tire has the inventory to help you find precisely what you need. But what do you do with your old battery? If you don&rsquo;t leave your old battery with Stratham Tire for disposal, read on to learn how to dispose of your old car battery yourself.</span></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> All car batteries eventually will wear out and need to be disposed of.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Unlike most products, you cannot simply throw away these types of batteries. The reason for this is that a 12 volt battery contains many hazardous chemicals and materials. There are also many environmental safety concerns associated with the disposal of these batteries. There are actually several ways to properly dispose of batteries.The most unique part of recycling batteries is that all of the elements can be reclaimed and reused in new car batteries. The lead in these batteries is almost 100% recyclable. The plastic components of these batteries can also be recycled and used in future products as well. The sulfuric acid found in these batteries can be recycled and used in a number of different ways. For example it can be used in new car batteries, neutralized and then purified to be released as clean water, or it can also be turned into sodium sulfate. When turned to sodium sulfate it can be used in such products as fertilizer and dyes.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> In most standard car batteries heavy metals are found such as lead as well as plastic and acid. This is why if they are not properly disposed they can contaminate the air, water and soil of our planet. Also it does not matter if the battery is a 6 or 12 volt; both are classified as hazardous waste and need to be disposed of properly. With newer Hybrid cars NiMH batteries are used rather than traditional lead batteries. Although these batteries do not contain lead they still contain toxic components and need to be disposed of properly as well.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> It is also important to handle these used batteries correctly, because they can be harmful to your health. Individuals should wear gloves as well as safety glasses when holding these batteries. When transporting the battery it should be placed upright in a position that is not going to tip over while moving.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When disposing your car battery you do have more than one option. Most recycling centers accept car batteries, but it is in your best interest to call ahead to confirm this. The Triple A Great Battery Round Up&rdquo; has become a well known place to dispose of your batteries. The event is usually held in association with Earth Day and involves triple &ldquo;A&rdquo; offices setting up a collection area for you to bring your used batteries to be discarded. Most automotive repair shops also accept used batteries as well. Now that you know a little more about car battery disposal, make sure you take the legal and environmentally safe route when you dispose of your used car batteries.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> For more information,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="stratham tire locations">contact your nearest Stratham Tire location</a>.</p> /blog/view/helping-keep-the-planet-clean-with-proper-battery-disposal/feed0Oil Changes: A Performance Necessityhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-a-performance-necessityhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-a-performance-necessity#commentsTue, 27 Jan 2015 09:44:55 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/oil-changes-a-performance-necessity<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Just like the blood in your body is essential, the oil in your vehicle is as well. However, instead of bringing nutrients to the car&rsquo;s systems, oil allows metal press against metal &mdash; which ultimately&nbsp;<em>does</em>&nbsp;help your car or truck circulate everything it needs to run throughout its numerous parts. It lubricates the pistons, it reduces friction, and it keeps your car running. Without oil, the constant friction and heat in your engine would eventually lead to the metal surfaces fusing themselves together &mdash; giving your vehicle what we might even be able to classify as the automotive world&rsquo;s very own &ldquo;heart attack&rdquo;. If you&rsquo;re looking for an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/oil-change-nh.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="oil change me nh">oil change in ME or NH</a>, Stratham Tire is the place to get it. For more information,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/locations.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="stratham tire locations">contact the nearest Stratham Tire location</a>. Or, to learn more about why you need an oil change, read below!</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> One of the easiest ways to prolong and improve your vehicles performance is to complete regularly scheduled oil changes. Since the economic downturn people more than ever are trying to extend the longevity of their vehicles. Most certified mechanics recommend that you change conventional oil every 3,000 miles and synthetic oil at about every 5,000 miles. Although the 3,000 mile rule has been around for many years now, some auto makers are stating that their newest vehicles can go for almost 10,000 miles without an oil change. In addition most mechanics suggest that you change the oil filter every time you make an oil change.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Not changing your oil can result in a plethora of problems that center around costly repairs that could have been avoid with a basic oil change. Oil changes are relatively inexpensive and are a car maintenance necessity. The oil inside your engine acts as a vital lubricant allowing the metal parts to move smoothly. If your oil is not changed in a timely manner it can result in engine sludge. This sludge inside of your engine will cut down its performance dramatically. When this occurs your gas mileage will suffer greatly and overheating on hot summer days is more likely to happen.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When a car is running the movement of the engine creates particles of debris which will find their way into the oil of the engine. When changing the oil it clears out all of these harmful pieces of debris which are causing damage to the internal components of the engine. Frequent oil changes will most defiantly contribute to a cleaner and better working engine. It has also been proven that the most common causes of engine wear are caused by friction. Therefore by completing these oil changes you dramatically decrease your chance of engine failure in your vehicle.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> A common misunderstanding is that people think dark oil means dirty oil. In reality dark oil signifies that the oil is doing its job. In time motor oil will break down, this is why it needs to be replaced. Today oil has become an advanced science that involves additives that slow the degradation process down. But as with all oil it will eventually break down over time as the vehicle is used. As we take a look back on what we have discussed about engine oil, here are some important reasons why one should change their oil on a consistent basis, reduced friction, stable temperature, cleaner engine, better mileage and lower emissions.</p>/blog/view/oil-changes-a-performance-necessity/feed0Save Time and Money With Proper Vehicle Inspectionshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/save-time-and-money-with-proper-vehicle-inspectionshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/save-time-and-money-with-proper-vehicle-inspections#commentsTue, 20 Jan 2015 09:42:25 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/save-time-and-money-with-proper-vehicle-inspections<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Buying a used vehicle can be a challenging and sometimes stressful task. Make sure to follow the following advice to make your used car shopping experience a stress free one. Even before you sit down in the vehicle there are some things to check. Make sure all of the tires are inflated and check for excessive wear. Tires are one, if not the most important part on your vehicle. A bad tire can affect a vehicles driving performance dramatically and put you in serious danger. Also make sure to check the safety features such as headlights, seat belts, horn and windshield wipers.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When you are in the market for a new vehicle, whether you are buying through a dealer or a private party sale you should understand what to look for. First off it is essential that you personally test drive the car. While driving you should listen carefully to the engine and try to spot any abnormalities. In addition take note of the handling of the car, if something seems wrong then it probably is.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> If you are test driving a car with a dealer their requirements might be stricter. Make sure to bring a valid driver&rsquo;s license, an additional form of identification and insurance provider information. When behind the wheel of a test drive make sure to give yourself at least twenty minutes of driving time. It is critical to get a solid feel of the cars performance before making a decision.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Once you return to your original location and the engine has had time to circulate its fluids, take a look under the hood. Check to see if there are any noticeable leaks or smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. Also take note of any excessive build up of grime on or around the engine and ask the seller about this.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> After you have successfully made your vehicle purchase it is important to have your vehicle inspected. In the State of New Hampshire all registered vehicles are required to be inspected at state inspection stations. These stations consist of a variety of garages and dealerships that have been approved by the state to inspect. Vehicles will have to meet a certain criteria, set by the state in order to pass and be deemed roadworthy. In addition in&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/nh-state-inspection.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);">New Hampshire &nbsp;vehicle inspections</a>&nbsp;check vehicle registration, registration plates and the vehicle identification number. So the next time you&rsquo;re searching for a used vehicle, make sure to conduct a rigorous inspection before your purchase and have a professional do an inspection afterwards.</p> /blog/view/save-time-and-money-with-proper-vehicle-inspections/feed0Transmission Repairs: The Fundamentals You Need to Knowhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/transmission-repairs-the-fundamentals-you-need-to-knowhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/transmission-repairs-the-fundamentals-you-need-to-know#commentsThu, 15 Jan 2015 09:39:23 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/transmission-repairs-the-fundamentals-you-need-to-know<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Transmissions are an important part of every vehicle. Without transmissions our vehicles would be essentially useless, as we would not be able to move at all. They enable your car to shift gears smoothly and efficiently so you can get from point A to point B. Also did you know that a transmission contains hundreds of parts? Most people you would ask probably wouldn&rsquo;t even know this. The fact is that they are made up of multiple gears and seals that need to be working together to work properly.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> If you do run into a situation were your transmission does need to be repaired it is important to understand the basics of this repair process so that you can determine if the repair shop is giving you a respectable price. Removal is the first step in the rebuild process. Once it is out of the vehicle you then need to completely take apart the unit and see which parts need to be replaced.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> During a rebuild all parts inside the unit are inspected carefully. &ldquo;Soft&rdquo; parts are parts that tend to wear down more frequently. There is a high chance that some of these soft parts will need to be replaced upon inspection. In addition all of the fluid inside must be drained. The smell of the used fluid can help hint mechanics to what the problem might be. Burnt fluid points to problems as does dirty fluid. The fluid inside of the transmission is vital to its performance. The fluid helps keep all of the internal gears moving properly, without it the system would fail.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> There are many parts inside of a transmission but there are four key components that you should know of when dealing with a rebuild. The bell housing is the case you see underneath your vehicle at first glance. On a front wheel drive vehicle it will be located on the side of the engine. On a rear wheel drive vehicle it will be located behind the engine.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Although you won&rsquo;t be shifting them in an automatic car, gears still shift when you drive. The two sets of gears consist of planetary gears and main gears. Both of these sets of gears are needed to drive. As we mentioned above fluid is also an essential part of the unit, this fluid keeps everything moving. Also if your car is leaking a red fluid you can almost guarantee that it is transmission fluid. The last thing to check out would be the filter. To keep your fluid fresh make sure your filter is clean so it can catch debris. Hopefully now you know a little more about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strathamtire.com/me-nh-transmission-service.htm" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);" title="transmission service">transmission repair</a>&nbsp;so if you ever run into a problem in the future you know the basics!</p> /blog/view/transmission-repairs-the-fundamentals-you-need-to-know/feed0The History in Your Tireshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-history-in-your-tireshttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-history-in-your-tires#commentsWed, 14 Jan 2015 09:24:32 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-history-in-your-tires<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Many times when referring to a spare tire, you&rsquo;ll hear it referred to as a donut. This is most likely because spare tires actually look like donuts, plain donuts. They lack defining features and don&rsquo;t have any advanced tread patterns. They&rsquo;re pretty much just a circular piece of vulcanized rubber, designed to get your car where it needs to go &mdash; far less effectively than the modern tires you typically rely on. Ever since pre-history, the wheel has been making a major difference in the way we do things. But the wheel has come a long way since then. So if you&rsquo;re going to refer to your average car tire as a donut today, you better make it a sprinkled and frosted jelly donut or a Boston Cream.<img alt="tires-nh" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/798/tire-diagram.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 250px; float: right;" /></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> <span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Still, automobiles remain a relatively new invention when you think about it. Because of that, tires are still undergoing a great deal of innovation, even today. In the early days of the automobile, such as when the model T began rolling out of the Ford factory, car tires were little more than glorified bicycle tires that lasted extended use. Compared to today&rsquo;s tires that can withstand high speed, heat, and cold &mdash; the technology used back then had a seriously long way to go. The first big development for modern tires came around 1844, when Charles Goodyear introduced vulcanized rubber. Vulcanized rubber is made more durable by a chemical process where the rubber is cured (usually with sulfar) and heated under pressure. This makes the rubber tougher, more stable, and resistant to heat. This radically changed the tire industry, making tires (and automobiles) a viable tool for transportation. Because of vulcanization, the heat and friction generated by a tires constant high speed contact with the road could break an older tire down faster than you can say&nbsp;</span><em style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">hevea brasiliensis</em><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small;">, the scientific name for a rubber tree &mdash; the natural (and somewhat inferior) source of rubber.</span></p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> While we will focus primarily on tire design, and not how the tire was attached to the car or how it was filled with air &mdash; the genesis of the metal tire rim in 1890 and the pneumatic tire in 1895 set the stage for tire design to move forward at an even more accelerated pace. However, up until the early 1900&prime;s, tires remained slick and ungrooved. There was no such thing as &ldquo;siping&rdquo; or water evacuation.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> However, in 1908, Frank Seiberling invented a tire with actual traction, which caused chain reaction of innovation in tire technology and tire materials (with the advent of the synthetic tire). As tire technology advanced, cars became more practical, and the industry continued to grow. Naturally, this called for more tires and the tire industry continued to keep pace with demand, improving traction, durability, and fuel efficiency.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> So next time you take tires for advantage, consider all of the technology, science, and innovation that&rsquo;s gone into what keeps you moving on the road.</p> /blog/view/the-history-in-your-tires/feed0The Birth of the Modern Tirehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-birth-of-the-modern-tirehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-birth-of-the-modern-tire#commentsThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:23:45 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/the-birth-of-the-modern-tire<p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Every Stratham Tire Store probably smells the same, like rubber. We&rsquo;ve grown to love it, but when you really think about it, what you&rsquo;re also smelling is years&nbsp;&nbsp;of technology and innovation. From the chemicals and compounds used to create the perfect material, to the technology used to give tires the traction and control that keep you safe. Modern tires are a testament to science and industry.</p> <div class="wp-caption alignright" id="attachment_96" style="float: right; border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); text-align: center; padding-top: 4px; margin: 10px; border-radius: 3px; color: rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; width: 310px; background-color: rgb(243, 243, 243);"> <a href="http://stratham-nh-me-tires.com/wp-content/uploads/model-t.jpg" style="color: rgb(25, 94, 184);"><img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-96 " height="191" src="http://stratham-nh-me-tires.com/wp-content/uploads/model-t-300x191.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 1.5px; padding: 0px;" title="model-t" width="300" /></a> <p class="wp-caption-text" style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11px; line-height: 17px; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px; padding: 0px 4px 5px; text-align: justify;"> Tires have come a long way since the early tires you may see in pictures of the Ford Model T</p> </div> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Before tire designers like Goodyear and Michelin could adjust and perfect the actual design of tires on automobiles over the years, the actual composition of the tire had to be perfected first. In the mid 17th century, rubber was still a very new product. However, consumers and manufacturers quickly learned that early rubber quickly deteriorated when exposed to heat &mdash; making it a pretty unreliable material for the high-friction created by car tires. Because of this, Charles Goodyear spent years working to make rubber useful for the automobile industry. For more than 10 years, he experimented to make the properties of rubber match the applications they were needed for.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Finally, he tried adding sulphur to natural rubber. This caused a chemical reaction that made rubber more durable, added enhanced heat resistance, raised its melting point, and protected it against other forms of damage as well. Ultimately, this processes was called &ldquo;vulcanizing&rdquo; the rubber &mdash; and it finally made rubber suitable for tires.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> After Goodyear entered the market with vulcanized tires, the doorway was open for design innovation that would make tires safer, more effective, and more efficient for years to come. For half a century after vulcanization revolutionized the industry, tires were typically constructed of an inner tube, which contained the compressed air, and an outer casing that protected it and provided traction. The protective rubber casing was made of many plys comprised of rubber mixed with rubberized cords and fabric for additional strength and support. Following this, Michelin introduced the first steel-belted tire around 1948. This innovation added a belt of steel fabric running the circumference of the tire &mdash; resulting in greatly enhanced durability and longevity. While the radial tire was widely adopted in Europe, the cost to change the standard technology was too high for American automakers and tire manufacturers for quite some time. Eventually, tire manufacturers bucked to pressure and invested in the equipment needed to upgrade from bias-belt equipment to radial tire tooling equipment.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Even today, the materials used in tires continue to be improved upon &ndash; while their internal design remains relatively the same. With these new materials comes the improved performance, driving speed, and fuel efficiency that drivers continually demand. However, apart from the development of the actual way tires are manufactured &mdash; the way they are shaped and contoured has also continually changed, resulting in radically different variations for seasonal and all-season driving.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> When buying a tire or even researching tires, you may have heard the phrase &ldquo;siping&rdquo; and wondered,&rdquo;what on earth is siping?&rdquo;. After years and years of innovation in the way that tires were actually made, it came time to improve how they behaved on the road by delivering better control and traction. This began in 1923,in a slaughterhouse, at the hands of John F. Sipe. If you imagine a 1920&prime;s slaughterhouse, would you picture the floors as white, dry, and easy to stand on? No. Chances are they were the exact opposite: bloody, wet, and constantly slippery. Naturally tired of slipping on blood and animal entrails, Sipe thought to cut grooves into the rubber of his boots, which helped him get much more traction by allowing the liquid to disperse more effectively.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Eventually, Charles Goodyear picked up in this and applied the idea to tire. While tires already had cuts and grooves to help evacuate most of the water, a thin and slick layer of water still remained.</p> <p style="font-stretch: normal; font-size: 11.7px; line-height: 1.5; font-family: helvetica; margin: 0px 0px 1em; text-align: justify; color: rgb(102, 102, 102);"> Just like Sipe&rsquo;s boots, the small cuts added to the tires in addition to the main grooved proved very beneficial when it came to gaining valuable traction after the bulk of water was taken care of. As the car moves, the tire&rsquo;s sipes expand, creating lower air pressure that sucks water inside. This allows for much greater contact between the tire and the road surface, and has been applied for both all season tires and winter-specific tires.</p> /blog/view/the-birth-of-the-modern-tire/feed0Picking the Right Tires for Your Carhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/picking-the-right-tires-for-your-carhttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/picking-the-right-tires-for-your-car#commentsMon, 06 Jan 2014 15:20:00 -0700Sashahttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/picking-the-right-tires-for-your-car<div> New England can face some pretty harsh weather conditions, which is precisely why we&rsquo;ve made it our job to be a resource for tires in New Hampshire and Maine. &nbsp;To learn more about picking the right tires for the seaon and your daily drive, read on. Or click here to see our selection of tires.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Tires are extremely important, and without them the world would be a much different place. Even if you rarely drive, when you then start to think about tires in a broader sense you&rsquo;ll realize that they enable you in many other ways &ndash; from the products you use to the services you rely on &ndash; and we won&rsquo;t even get into how different history would be if the wheel had never existed. However, many of us do have to worry about our tires from time to time, and choosing the right tire has gotten more and more difficult as the years have progressed and technology has changed. So read on to learn how to pick the best tire for your daily drive.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are a lot of tires you can choose from. Our job is to help you pick the right one for your needs.</div> <div> When it comes to picking the best tires for your needs, first you need to consider what you&rsquo;re looking for. Is it winter, and will you frequently be driving on roads that don&rsquo;t often see the snowplow? Then you might be best served by snow tires with an aggressive tread pattern, and maybe even studs. However, if you live in a warmer climate the softer rubber and aggressive tread of winter tires is exactly the opposite of what you need. In any case, you always have a choice &ndash; and it&rsquo;s an important choice to make. After all, they always say you shouldn&rsquo;t skimp on shoes, for your feet or for your vehicle.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A snow tire is typically used on passenger vehicles and light trucks, generally in parts of the world that receive a considerable amount of snow. In most cases, the tread on snow tires is designed in blocks to deliver optimal driving performance and snow evacuation while also reducing side slippage. Above all other types of tire, snow tires are made to have better stopping power and traction due to their aggressive tread pattern that can more effectively grab onto softer snow. However, due to the inherent cold of winter, snow tires are made of softer compounds to more effectively stick to the road surface in icy and snowy conditions. Due to this, the tire will wear more quickly when the snow and cold are gone for good.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Directly opposite the winter tire is the summer tire, which is always used in seasons without snow (such as summer, fall, and spring) or for climates where there is no snow. Apart from delivering excellent traction for a majority of the year (in most places) summer tires are manufactured to reduce noise, improve smoothness, and provide safer handling at high speeds.<img alt="choosing-best-tire-for-your-car" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/796/tires.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; float: right;" /></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the middle of the two, you&rsquo;ll find a relatively happy medium, the all season tire. All season tires were designed to spare many drivers from the hassle of changing from summer tires to winter tires. For drivers who drive all year round in moderate climates and sometimes encounter snow &ndash; all season tires are an ideal middle ground that provides more treaded slits and more aggressive siping than a summer tire. However, for drivers that frequently encounter snow and ice &ndash; an all season tire may not be enough for winter driving in the extremes.</div> <div> &rdquo;</div> <div> All season tires are designed to handle all weather conditions, but &ndash; as the saying goes &ndash; they are a &ldquo;jack of all trades, and a master of none.&rdquo; All season tires are not optimized to excel in any one area. This means they are manufactured with a harder material, won&rsquo;t conform to the road surface as well in the winter, and won&rsquo;t be quite as quiet as a summer tire.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> To get a good understanding of your tires in relation to the season, consider the type of footwear you may wear to go for a walk down the street in the summer, fall, winter, and spring (depending on geography). In warmer months, you generally wear a shoe that&rsquo;s less bulky and more responsive. Typically, these shoes are also relatively flat on the bottom. In the fall and the spring, chances are your footwear is a little more bulky, with more tread, and more protection.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Finally, in the winter &ndash; chances are you&rsquo;re wearing boots. If you can avoid it, you won&rsquo;t be wearing your lightweight low-tread summer shoes to go get the paper at the end of the icy driveway, because chances are you&rsquo;ll slip and fall. Instead, you&rsquo;ll wear your boots, which provide better traction and better protection against the elements.</div> <div> So if you ever find yourself wondering what kind of tire you should get, just consider the way you drive and where you live. Hopefully now the decision won&rsquo;t be too difficult.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For drivers in colder climates, a cost effective approach to having both a winter and a spring, summer, and fall set of tires is to keep the winter set mounted on one set of wheels, and the all-season set mounted on another.</div> /blog/view/picking-the-right-tires-for-your-car/feed010 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileagehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileagehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage#commentsFri, 28 Jun 2013 12:48:25 -0600http://strathamtire.com/blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in"> <img alt="" src="http://strathamtire.com/images/display/highway-to-horizon-www.wallbest.com.jpg" style="width: 340px; height: 255px; margin: 10px; float: left;" />Who doesn&rsquo;t want better gas mileage these days? Maximizing your fuel efficiency will not only save you money, it is better for your vehicle and the environment! With some proper maintenance, and simple tips and tricks, you can make fewer trips to the pump, which will be friendlier on your car, and your wallet.</p> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tires - The right tires for your driving conditions are important. For the best gas mileage choose low rolling resistance tires. These are designed to maximize fuel efficiency and performance by increasing the tire&rsquo;s grip on the road. Tires for racing and oversized off-roading tires are designed only for specific uses, and shouldn&rsquo;t be used as your vehicle&rsquo;s primary tires.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Tire Inflation- Proper tire inflation for driving conditions will promote a smoother, more efficient ride. Tire inflation should be watched more in temperature extremes, and should be checked only when the tires are cool and have not been driven on recently.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Wheel Balance- If your wheels aren&rsquo;t balanced, they can wear unevenly or even bounce, preventing full contact with the road, diminishing fuel efficiency. For the best gas mileage, have your wheels balanced with every rotation.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Proper Alignment &ndash; A vehicle with proper alignment will have less pull due to tires not working together with the driveline, and should use less gas. Proper alignment can also help save your tires, and decrease engine drag by creating less resistance, boosting your vehicle&rsquo;s performance.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Oil changes &ndash; Proper and frequent oil changes can be one of the best ways to maximize your gas mileage. Your vehicle will run smoother and cleaner, using less fuel. Make sure you are checking with your owner&rsquo;s manual for exact specifications and using the recommended oil weight.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air filter &ndash; Air filters can be visually checked and changed when dirty, or checked with every oil change. If you live in an area with smog or pollution, or drive on dusty roads or through frequent road construction, you may need to check and change your air filter more often. Without clean, cool air mixing with the fuel to create combustion, your vehicle consumes more gas, and therefore lowers your vehicle&rsquo;s efficiency.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Maintenance - Maintaining you vehicle will improve its overall health, with the added bonus of better gas mileage. Regular tune-ups will replace spark plugs, checks for leaks in hoses, and tighten any belts. On your own, you can maintain your fuel filter, fuel pump, and gas cap, and watch for leaks or cracks. This is not only a fuel waster, but can be a safety hazard.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Driving Habits- Stop and go traffic for city dwellers happens, which will lower your fuel efficiency. But many driving habits that can suck up extra fuel can be avoided- like jackrabbit starts, hitting the gas pedal as soon as a light turns green, rather than easing into it. Excessive speeds and freeway driving can also lower gas mileage due to the constant acceleration.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Use the Right Gas - Unless your vehicle requires premium gasoline, most vehicles do just fine on regular unleaded gas. In fact, premium gas can burn less efficiently, actually reducing your gas mileage and wasting gas. Not only do you spend more at the pump, you&rsquo;ll be fueling up more often.</p> </li> </ul> <ul> <li> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in"> Air Conditioning- It&rsquo;s not a myth that driving with the air conditioner on can reduce gas mileage significantly. In the hotter months, it is nearly unavoidable. But, when possible, driving with the windows down or taking shorter trips will help you and your wallet in the long run. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </li> </ul> /blog/view/10-ways-to-get-better-gas-mileage/feed0Website Launch Announcement: Stratham Tire Launches New Sitehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-stratham-tire-launches-new-sitehttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-stratham-tire-launches-new-site#commentsFri, 07 Jun 2013 16:01:00 -0600TCShttp://strathamtire.com/blog/view/website-launch-announcement-stratham-tire-launches-new-site<p> Stratham Tire is excited to announce the launch of its new website.&nbsp;The site features a fresh look, easy navigation and more focus on what the customer needs.</p> <p> The new site offers inventory listings with pictures and specs.&nbsp;You can search a variety of ways including by vehicle, brand and size.</p> <p> With the addition of our blog, we are able to help inform and educate our customers on important tire and service information.</p> <p> We invite you to visit the new <a href="http://strathamtire.com/">strathamtire.com</a> today.</p> /blog/view/website-launch-announcement-stratham-tire-launches-new-site/feed0