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Case Study | Maximize Your Investment with Groove Glove Fleet

January 4, 2019

Southland Truck Leasing (DBA Southland PacLease) is a full-service truck leasing and rental company operating out of seven locations that cover all of Louisiana. Southland Truck Leasing maintains 700+ full-service lease, contract maintenance, and rental units. As part of Louisiana’s largest medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership network, Kenworth of Louisiana can offer its customers and prospects a true, one-stop-shopping experience for all of...

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Telling Your Tires’ Age with the TIN

January 4, 2019

Why is the Tire Identification Number (TIN) so important? I have addressed the issue of recalled tires, but there is another important factor in the TIN, and that is found in the last 4 digits. The last 4 numbers in a TIN represent the week and year the tire was manufactured. For example, with a TIN that is DOT XX 54 X00 2613, the last 4 numbers (2613) means this tire was manufactured in the 26th week of 2013. This date is important for recall...

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The Beginning of Tire Safety: Tracking Tire Registration

January 4, 2019

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 3.2 billion tires were recalled between 2009 and 2013, yet less than 24% of those tires were actually recovered! What does this mean? It means a whopping 2.5 billion possibly defective tires are still on the road! This is a scary statistic. How does this happen?For almost 50 years, the U.S. federal government and the tire industry have been grappling with the issue of tire...

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Addressing the Situation: Tire Safety

January 4, 2019

In honor of National Tire Safety Week, I will be writing a short article each day to spark some dialogue around the topic of tires and tire safety.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 700 people die every year in tire-related crashes. When compared to the statistic for drunk driving (approx. 10,000/year), this may seem small. However, when you compare it to other vehicle-related deaths, this...

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Tire Profiles LLC on the Move

January 4, 2019

New Division and New Expert Join the TeamIrving, TX, November 15, 2016 –(PR.com)– Tire Profiles announced today the creation of a new division as well as the news of a key tire industry veteran joining their team. “Today I am pleased to announce that Mr. John Rastetter formally of Tire Rack has joined TPI as an industry consultant. John brings over 35 years of tire industry experience to our team,” said David Boyle the President and Chief...

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Replacement Tire Selection Guidelines

January 4, 2019

While it’s always best to replace a vehicle’s tires as a complete set, accident damage, road hazards and economic constraints can make it necessary to replace them individually as well. However, mixing tire brands, tire models or even significantly different tread depths can challenge a vehicle’s drivability. Therefore how many tires are going to be replaced influences both the best replacement tire choice, as well as where they should be...

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Why 32nds of an Inch?

January 4, 2019

The tire industry standard used for measuring tire tread depths in the United States is in 1/32nd-inch increments (millimeters are used in countries observing metric standards).New tires fitted to cars, vans, crossovers and light-duty light trucks are typically molded with a beginning tread depth of 10/32nd- to 12/32nd-inch. Tires used on heavy-duty trucks, commercial vans and tractor trailers are often equipped with deeper treaded...

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Popular Tire Selling Strategies: Original Equipment (O.E.) Matching

January 4, 2019

While all tires appear round and black, how much traction they provide in adverse weather, how quietly and comfortably they ride, as well as how long they last can vary greatly. Every tire’s performance depends on its manufacturer’s design technology, rubber compounding capabilities and production proficiency.Since O.E. tires are developed through the cooperative efforts between the vehicle and tire manufacturer’s engineers, they have...

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Popular Tire Selling Strategies

January 4, 2019

Good/Better/BestWhile all tires appear round and black, how much traction they provide in adverse weather, how quietly and comfortably they ride, as well as how long they wear can vary greatly. Every tire’s performance depends on its manufacturer’s design technology, rubber compounding capabilities and production proficiency.Many automotive service providers offer a choice of Good, Better, and Best tires from which drivers can choose....

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Adjusting Tire Pressures – Compensating for Current Conditions

January 4, 2019

According to the laws of physics, a closed system’s gas volume and pressure only remains constant as long as its temperature remain constant. Since a tire’s air chamber is a closed system filled with a gas, tire inflation pressures react (rise or fall) in line with changes in their operating temperature. As a general rule, tire pressures change 2% (about 1 pound per square inch (psi) for car tires) for every 10° Fahrenheit change in a...

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