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Safe Driving During Flash Floods


With all of the rain coming, we consulted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at NHTSA.gov  for safe driving tips during flooding.


FLOODING AND FLASH FLOODS
    What you should know
    • Watch for flooding conditions any time there has been heavy rain or snow melt, even in places where water does not usually accumulate. If the ground is saturated, flooding may occur even if there is not heavy rain or significant snow melt.
    • Water can come from torrential rains somewhere else and cause flash floods. It may not even be raining where you are.
    • NEVER go through water on the road, whether it is standing or moving. Don?t take risks. Even if you are familiar with the roads, don?t drive through water on the roads. You can?t see the danger. There may be debris, tree branches, power lines in the water. The roadway or bridges may have been washed away.
    What you should do

    Before you drive
    • Check the weather report, where you are and upstream. Listen for news reports of storms or a flash flood watch or warning.
    On your route
    • Stop.
    • Seek high ground.
    • Call Dispatch and request assistance.

    Advantages of proper tire inflation

    Check out this article on advantages of proper tire inflation from Tirerack.com.  We have several 4WD and AWD vehicles in stock at our buy here pay here lot.  If you have no credit or bad credit, no problem.  Ask about 90 days same as cash.  Come see us at 3300 Taylor Boulevard for a test drive today or call us at 502-368-4999

    WINTER / SNOW TIRE TECH

    Air Pressure - Correct, Underinflated & Overinflated

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    Advantages of Correct Tire Inflation

    Maintaining correct tire inflation pressure helps optimize tire performance and fuel economy. Correct tire inflation pressure allows drivers to experience tire comfort, durability and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicles. Tire deflection (the tread and sidewall flexing where the tread comes into contact with the road) will remain as originally designed and excessive sidewall flexing and tread squirm will be avoided. Heat buildup will be managed and rolling resistance will be appropriate. Proper tire inflation pressure also stabilizes the tire's structure, blending the tire's responsiveness, traction and handling.

    "Correct tire inflation pressure allows drivers to experience tire comfort, durability and performance designed to match the needs of their vehicles."

    Can you easily identify which tire is 30% underinflated? Here is what they would look like in the morning parked in your garage.

    (Roll your mouse across the pictures to find out if you were right.)

    Tough to tell; isn't it? Tire pressure must be checked with a quality air gauge as the inflation pressure cannot be accurately estimated through visual inspection.


    Disadvantages of Underinflation

    An underinflated tire can't maintain its shape and becomes flatter than intended while in contact with the road. If a vehicle's tires are underinflated by only 6 psi it could lead to tire failure. Additionally, the tire's tread life could be reduced by as much as 25%. Lower inflation pressure will allow the tire to deflect (bend) more as it rolls. This will build up internal heat, increase rolling resistance and cause a reduction in fuel economy of up to 5%. You would experience a significant loss of steering precision and cornering stability. While 6 psi doesn't seem excessively low, remember, it usually represents about 20% of the tire's recommended pressure.

    Disadvantages of Overinflation

    An overinflated tire is stiff and unyielding and the size of its footprint in contact with the road is reduced. If a vehicle's tires are overinflated by 6 psi, they could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road. Higher inflated tires cannot isolate road irregularities well, causing them to ride harsher. However, higher inflation pressures usually provide an improvement in steering response and cornering stability up to a point. This is why participants who use street tires in autocrosses, track events and road races run higher than normal inflation pressures. The pressure must be checked with a quality air gauge as the inflation pressure cannot be accurately estimated through visual inspection.