No one wants to intentionally damage their car but it still happens to the best of us. Usually it’s because of a busy lifestyle and a lack of time to focus on car-related things. Sometimes it’s just because the driver just isn’t aware that they are doing something damaging to their car. With the help of Kims Chevrolet of Laurel, MS, a factory authorized Chevrolet dealer, we put together a list of 6 different ways that drivers may be damaging their car when they drive.
There is just one thing between your vehicle and the road and it’s your tires. Think about that for a few seconds. You can have the best car on the planet but it may perform sub-par if it doesn’t have good tires on it.
When it comes to when you have to replace the tires on your car, there are a number of ways to go. First, you may elect to get the exact size and type that came on the vehicle when it was new. Or, you may consider going to a better quality tire or one that improves wet and/or dry handling that’s the same size as the OE tire. Then you might want to do some plus sizing. This means that if you possess a 15-inch wheel, plus one inch would be a 16-inch wheel and plus two would be a 17-inch wheel.
Everyone has a flat tire at some point in their driving life but when it happens, don’t sweat it. The car manufacturers know that “flats” are a fact of life and have placed all the tools you need on-board so you can change it quickly. In case you have never done it before, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you. You may want to print it out and keep it in your glove box. For all you visual learners out there, there are a number of videos on Youtube that can help you out via your smartphone also.
BFGoodrich is releasing a new performance tire that can be pre-ordered today on TireRack.com. It’s a step above its COMP-2 street tire but isn’t s pure racing tire like its R1 tire. Check out this review from the BFGoodrich track day about the merits of this tire. If you’re into autocross racing, you’re going to want to check this out.
It was 23 degrees, cold and dark. I was leaving Cleveland in the dead of a cold winter’s night. I’d been invited by BFGoodrich to the unveiling of their newest, ultra-high performance summer tire, the BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2. Oh, and the event was being held in sunny southern California. It didn’t take much convincing to get me on the plane.
The COMP-2 is BFGoodrich’s answer to the new breed of high-tech ultra-high performance tires on the market. Three years in the making, the new tire uses a new silca-infused rubber compound and reinforced internal structure to improve grip in all situations. In comparison to the other leading tires in this category, the BFG claims a 30% increase in grip in wet conditions while maintaining an 8% lead in the dry.
BFG is going for the enthusiast aftermarket where tire performance and looks trumps most other factors. With over 50 diameter and width combinations available, it’s designed to fit most foreign and domestic sports cars.
Fast forward 32 hours to the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, California. 67 degrees and dry as a bone, the perfect weather to put the new tire to the test. BFGoodrich had prepared several different events for us to try out the new g-Force Sport COMP-2, and better yet, to compare it to the competition. For every car clad in the new COMP-2s, there was at least one other car of the same model shod in Yokohamas, Coopers, Hankook, and other leading brands. We had the opportunity to test back-to-back the BFGoodrich offering against the industry leaders.