Taking our tires for granted
We take our tires for granted, don’t we? Chances are we don’t often think about them unless they’re flat. But they are so important. Our car sits on them and we roll them across macadam every single day, just about. They can help us with auto safety or they can contribute to an accident.
Would you believe it was a Scot who made the first air-filled tire in 1888? His name was Dunlop. Did you know the Brits spell the word “tyre?”
Why don’t we have red or blue tires on our motor vehicles? Wouldn’t that be nifty? After all, the very first car tires were white.
You can get specialty colored tires but they aren’t standard: Car tires are black because they wear better. And the color comes from carbon black additives that make them safer. They may be boring, but they are safe. And safe means lower Pennsylvania auto insurance quotes, so what’s not to like about that?
Lots of experimental tires have been around. Back in the early 1960s, a tired that was lit from the inside by small, incandescent bulbs was experimented with. The rubber had to be very thin so the light would penetrate. Unfortunately, they were considered way too hazardous for mass production.
If your tires aren’t properly inflated, you are at risk of blow out. Plus, they don’t grip the road well. Be sure that you keep a tire gauge handy to check pressure that is recommended in your car manual.
Most people forget they need to rotate their tires. If you do it every other oil change it will become a habit. That will help them wear evenly. Otherwise, your front tires will wear out faster.
It’s time to replace your tires when the tread is worn. Put a penny head down in your tire treads. If you can see Abe Lincoln’s head in full, those tires are ready to be replaced.
The cheapest tires are usually not the safest. They’re just cheap. Don’t take the risk.
More than 1 billion tires are manufactured every year. Uniroyal made the world’s largest tire for the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. It was 80 feet across and weighed 12 tons. It is still around—in Detroit on display.
More than 250 million tires are thrown away each year, melted to make asphalt or even shredded to make garden mulch.