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​Retreading Tires Makes Sense

08-27-2018

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Before you spring for brand new tires the next time that you need to replace your old tires, give some thought to purchasing retreads rather than new tires. There are a lot of myths that circulate about retread tires, and they aren't true.

For example, you will likely hear that retread tires just aren't as safe as new tires. If they aren't safe, then why are retread tires used on airplanes, military vehicles, school buses, off-the-road heavy duty vehicles, postal service vehicles, taxi fleets, industrial vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, and, yes, race cars?

Retread tires cost less than new tires. That means that using retread tires can save you money, and that is a good thing. Using retread tires also helps to save our planet. It takes about 22 gallons of oil to manufacture one new truck tire, but it takes only seven gallons of oil to produce a retread of the very same time.

Retreading tires is not a new process that somebody came up with the day before yesterday. Retreading tires has been around almost as long as tires themselves. In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Acquisition, Recycling and Waste Prevention Act, which mandates the use of retreaded tires on all government vehicles.

Another myth that you are likely to hear about retread tires is that they have a higher failure rate than new tires. The fact is that retreaded truck tires (the ones that most often fail) do not fail because they are retreads but because they are overloaded, underinflated, and otherwise abused.

The market for passenger vehicle retreads has been steadily shrinking over the years, and yet it is one area where we could all make a dramatic impact on the use of the limited oil supply on the planet.

Defensive Driving

08-13-2018

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Did you know that you can actually reduce your insurance rates by enrolling in and taking a defensive driving (sometimes called safe driving) course? The cost of these courses is only a small fraction of the money that you can save on your insurance. One of the neatest improvements to come down the pike in a while is that defensive driving courses can be taken online, and at your convenience, in many states.

Of course, if you are involved in an accident, you may be required by a judge to enroll in and satisfactorily complete a defensive driving course as part of the judgment against you. If you take the course voluntarily, and before you have an accident, you might just learn how to avoid the accident altogether, as well as save money on your insurance premiums.

What a concept! Driving defensively, saving money on insurance, AND avoiding accidents that could result in injury or death, and doing all of it for just a few bucks and even at your convenience. What will they think of next?

The basic idea behind defensive driving is to reduce the risk associated with driving. Defensive driving is way more than mastery of the rules of the road and the mechanics of driving an automobile. Defensive driving courses teach students how to really see and be seen and to assume and anticipate the worst of other drivers on the road. In short, defensive driver courses teach students how to avoid danger and thus avoid car accidents. It is a concept that works!

Really, defensive driving does work. In Colorado, for example, it was found that those who took defensive driving courses had a 49% decrease in minor traffic violations, a 44% decrease in major traffic accidents, and a 41% decrease in moving violations.

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