Lodinews.com

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Tax return check has arrived, so buy the shoes

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014 5:00 pm | Updated: 1:52 am, Tue May 6, 2014.

(BPT) - Your tax return check has arrived in the mail. Now you’ll finally pay off that credit card or add the extra cash to your savings for a rainy day. Or maybe you’ll blow your new fortune on a pair of designer shoes.

Perhaps it’s time you instead considered a pair of synthetic and natural rubber boots in carbon black. You’ll need four as a complete set and you might need a spare. Why, you ask? Well, because instead of being on your feet, they’ll need to be mounted tightly to your car.

Tires are an investment and, like a good pair of shoes, getting the right fit is important. When it’s time to start shopping, there are ways to get the most out of your hard-earned tax dollars.

“When looking for new tires, you’ll want to make a decision based on everything from how you drive and where you drive, to the weather conditions you face,” says Andrew Briggs, director of marketing and product planning for Yokohama Tire Corporation, maker of a variety of truck and car tires. “You’ll also want to consider what you want from a tire, such as superior handling or high mileage. For example, an all-season tire like the AVID Ascend is designed to perform in a variety of conditions and provide extended treadlife, offering up to an 85,000 mile warranty. Conversely, ultra high performance tires, such as the ADVAN Sport V105 are engineered for exceptional handling and come equipped as original equipment on several high end high performance vehicles.” 

Once you find the right tires, there are some guidelines that will stretch your dollar even further, and since you’re economically savvy, you’ll want to make sure your new tires take you farther than the 2014 tax season.

The most important task is making sure your tires are properly inflated. While this seems like a no-brainer, 81 percent of drivers in the U.S. don’t check their tire pressure, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association. Simple upkeep helps extend the life of your tires and keeps you safe on the road.

“Purchasing the right tire is the first step, the second is actually maintaining them,” says Briggs. “A lot of technology and testing go into the design and building of a tire. Keeping them properly inflated will help ensure they perform at their best.”

Proper maintenance can also keep repairs and replacements to a minimum. Here are some tips so you can get the most out of your tires and tax refund:

* When the tires are cold (at least three to four hours after the vehicle has been driven), check tire pressure with a reliable tire gauge. Be sure the valve stems have a plastic or metal cap to keep dirt out and seal against water and foreign objects. The tire’s proper inflation level – as recommended by the car maker – can be found on a placard in the glove box, on the car door or in the owner’s manual.

* Check tire alignment once a year. Misaligned tires lower mileage and create unnecessary tire wear.

* Tires must be replaced when the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch to prevent skidding and hydroplaning. An easy test: place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you’re driving with the proper amount of tread. If you can see all of his head, you should buy a new tire.

For additional tire care and safety tips, visit www.yokohamatire.com or www.rma.org.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Use your real name. You must register with your full first and last name before you can comment. (And don’t pretend you’re someone else.)
  • 2 Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually oriented language.
  • 3 Don’t threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
  • 4 Be truthful. Don't lie about anyone or anything. Don't post unsubstantiated allegations, rumors or gossip that could harm the reputation of a person, company or organization.
  • 5 Be nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 6 Stay on topic. Make sure your comments are about the story. Don’t insult each other.
  • 7 Tell us if the discussion is getting out of hand. Use the ‘Report’ link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 8 Share what you know, and ask about what you don't.
  • 9 Don’t be a troll.
  • 10 Don’t reveal personal information about other commenters. You may reveal your own personal information, but we advise you not to do so.
  • 11 We reserve the right, at our discretion, to monitor, delete or choose not to post any comment. This may include removing or monitoring posts that we believe violate the spirit or letter of these rules, or that we otherwise determine at our discretion needs to be monitored, not posted, or deleted.

Welcome to the discussion.

Poll

Loading…

Mailing List

Subscribe to a mailing list to have daily news sent directly to your inbox.

  • Breaking News

    Would you like to receive breaking news alerts? Sign up now!

  • News Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily news headlines? Sign up now!

  • Sports Updates

    Would you like to receive our daily sports headlines? Sign up now!

Manage Your Lists