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October 31, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/blackice.jpgWith temperatures dropping, there’s a whole lot of changes you can see on the roads, from falling leaves to the first few flakes of snow. But the real danger is a change you often can’t see: It’s black ice season, and that can mean serious trouble if you aren’t prepared. Here’s three tips to keep you and your family safe.

Before you get in your car, you can prepare yourself for safer driving by knowing the low temperature of the previous night, and by checking the outdoor temperature. Also, if there has been an extended period of below freezing temperatures, be on your guard on the road. Make sure your windshield is free from coatings and debris—that awful white buildup of road salt, for example—that could potentially screen your view. And, when driving during the day, wear sunglasses as they’ll allow you to spot hazards.

Black ice can form even when the air temperature is above freezing. When streets and sidewalks are freezing, moisture turns to ice almost instantly on contact, and it’s ice that has no air bubbles, making it extremely hard to see. But you can anticipate black ice. It’s most prevalent in the early morning and late evening, which can coincide with rush hours, so give yourself extra space. You can also assume that shaded roads and bridges will be likely spots for black ice as the road temperatures will be cooler.

If you do feel your car lose traction with the road,

October 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

Avoid A Flat TireFall is here, and as the temperatures cool, you can count on seeing one thing on the roads: And we’re not talking about leaves. It’s tire blowout season, and from great big trucks to little family cars, tires stressed in the summer start failing in the fall. Here’s five tips to make sure your family stays safe.

The first and most important thing you can do is take a close look at your tires. Summer driving—with long road trips and hot temperatures that can cause over-inflation—can damage your tires in ways you won’t see immediately. Checking in the fall means you’ll catch any large cracks, excessive wear and uneven wear patterns. Addressing these issues now leads to a safer ride in the winter.

One of the most common reasons tires fail is improper inflation, and as temperatures cool, you need to make sure your tires stay properly filled. While the hot temps of summer can cause your tires to overinflate, the first real chill this fall means your tires could become dangerously underinflated. Now is the time to check your pressure, and, like Santa, check it twice: Keep an eye out for tires that need regular filling, as that is a clear warning sign of a larger issue.

Another common reason for tire failure is overloading your vehicle. Fall means the start of family gatherings, from football games to Halloween to Thanksgiving, you’ll be packing a lot into your car. This can cause tires that are already stressed to g

September 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/UsedVehicle.jpgSome people just can’t help themselves: They’ve got to customize their ride. And while most of the aftermarket products out there won’t do anything beyond putting a smile on your face, there are a few customizations where you need to be careful.

We’ve all been there: In a parking lot, or at home, and someone’s car alarm won’t stop going off. They’re loud, and plenty of research shows that car alarms are not effective at deterring thieves. Still, demand for aftermarket car alarms is hot.

If you decide to have an alarm installed, make sure to have the work done by a professional. Besides just being a pain on your ears, poorly installed alarms can lead to everything from ignition trouble to engine fires. Sure, there are plenty of DIY videos online, but with something as important as your car’s electronics, we recommend you trust the experts.

One type of driver that loves their accessories are truck drivers, everything from chrome gas caps to custom hitch covers. But even bigger than that, truck drivers seem to love having their trucks jacked up tall. While lift kits and bigger tires can make your truck look a whole lot bigger, they can also wreak havoc if not installed properly, or if they use cheap and incomplete parts.

That’s because the truck wasn’t designed to be up that high or push those great big tires, and bad kits don’t do anything to make sure your transfer case and axles stay i

August 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/Display_and_Test_Drive.jpgWhether you’re looking to get a new family vehicle for back to school time or you’re taking advantage of model year sales at the local lot, August is a great time to buy a car. Here are five tips to help you make sure your new purchase is the right one.

Make sure you know what you’re looking for and you stick to your plan, don’t just wander onto the lot to see what cars are out there. If you’re looking for a family car, bring the kids on the test drive. Kids can tell you if the seats are comfortable, if there’s enough storage space and you can see whether the car is big enough to handle everyone.

Second, although it’s what’s on the inside that counts, walk around the vehicle and inspect it closely, even if it’s brand new and never been off the lot. If it’s a used car and you see damage, ask the owner about it, and be sure they tell you about any collisions. If it’s a new car, check for accents like custom paint jobs. If you don’t want those extras, ask to see a different car: Little things like paint striping can add hundreds of dollars to your purchase.

For your actual test drive, take the vehicle for a long spin, being sure to drive at different speeds. If it’s a used car, listen for any strange noises when going over bumps, and while turning. And, new or used, run all the accessories: The A/C, the stereo and even the DVD player, if the car comes with one.

Beyond function

June 29, 2017 @ 12:00am

http://bungestire.com/sites/bungestire.com/assets/images/blog-folder/Kid_Car_Wash.jpgSchool’s out, and that means your kids are spending more time than ever around the house. So rather than working on your car by yourself this weekend, why not take the opportunity to teach them about car care? It can be easy, fun and you can build skills and interest that last a lifetime.

A great way to start is to include your child in a car wash. Not only is it fun to get into the swimsuit and enjoy some sunshine—and the inevitable water fight—a comprehensive wash allows you to introduce your child to your car, bumper to bumper and fender to fender. As you clean, explain how an engine works, and how a car’s exhaust system completes what the engine starts. Pop the hood and take them on a brief tour. You don’t have to be a mechanic to help your kid learn the basics.

Also, focus on things your child understands, and tires are perfect for that. Yeah, we know: There’s decades of advanced science in tires. But the big idea is as simple as holding your breath. Show your child a pressure gauge, and allow them to test tire pressure. Together—based on the tire and car manufacturers suggestions—figure out if your tires need more air, and show your child how to top off a low tire. It’s a great way to show that not all car maintenance is difficult, and the most common calls road side services get are flat tires the driver can’t fix.

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