Airless tires are exactly what they sound like – tires that do not require any air pressure. Found on some forklifts, construction equipment, riding lawn mowers, and motorized golf carts, airless tires free owners from the hassle of air leaks and flat tires. So why can’t we kiss air pumps, low-tire pressure warnings, and flat tires goodbye for good?
Unfortunately, airless tires may not become a standard in the future for passenger cars any time soon. The physics behind keeping cars on the road are much more complex than what is needed to move a lawn mower or construction equipment. High speeds, inclement weather, and needing to stop quickly are factors that all effect the engineering of our vehicles’ tires.
Despite plenty of research, engineers have been less-than-successful at recreating the comfort, safety, and efficiency that traditional air-filled tires can provide. According to Wikipedia, both Bridgestone and Michelin are currently developing air-free tires that claim to offer the ability to carry loads, absorb bumps, and provide handling similar to that of a traditional tire.
Here at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC, we want to know what you think: are airless tires the wave of the future, or should we stick to old trusty? Tell Linus in the comments!
Tire rotation is an important piece of your overall car maintenance routine, but all too often gets overlooked. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it feels like a challenge just to get the oil changed, let alone make an appointment for a tire rotation. Here, we’ll explain the benefits of rotating your tires, and why you should stop putting off that next appointment!
Extended tire life. Tires tend to wear unevenly for a number of reasons: terrain, weather, driving habits, and more. Even if all other factors are held constant, front tires wear faster by default, since they lead the way every time you make a turn. Rotating the tires allows for each tire to get the same amount of wear over time, and ultimately lengthens the life of your tires.
Better gas mileage. When your tires are rotated regularly, the amount of work required for the car to move is decreased. When tires wear evenly, the vehicle pull and road friction are reduced, while traction and stability are improved. This allows your vehicle to drive at its most efficient, saving gas along the way.
Save money. The cost of new tires, mechanical repairs, and gas as the result of not rotating your tires certainly adds up. It’s recommended that car owners rotate their tires every 7,500 miles to avoid the extra costs associated with a poorly performing vehicle.