Yearly Archives: 2019

Top Five Things You Should Know About Brake Safety

Top Five Things You Should Know About Brake Safety

To say that driving in a Michigan winter can be dangerous sounds silly saying it out loud… because, DUH! Even if you are a recent transplant, you’ll by now just how crazy it can get out there during the winter months. It’s worth it, though, because this is a wonderful place to live, but there are some things you can do to stay safe. Today, we focus on brake safety.   Make sure your tires are appropriate for the conditions. Snow tires are a must. Proper tread depth also a must. Both of these will affect your braking on snowy icy roads. Be aware that all of the de-icing salts and chemicals work to keep the ice on our roadways down, but it also makes your brakes wear out. If you haven’t had someone check this out already this winter, do it now. Our weather can be insane and it greatly contributes to the number of accidents in our state. In fact, we are in the top five for winter accidents and between Christmas and New Years alone, there were over 30 roa ... read more

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Winter Tires Vs. Regular Tires: What You Should Know

For anyone who is new to living in Holly, Michigan and they are not familiar with driving in snow (those poor native Floridians!), there is a lot to learn. Among the important things to figure out is the difference between winter tires and all-season tires. The main questions we get asked here at Armstead Automotive Repair are:   How are the tires different? When do you need to switch them out? What other tires should I consider? In an effort to offer useful and helpful information, we will share our professional opinion about key points between winter tires versus regular tires. How are the tires different?   Winter Tires: Winter tires are better equipped to grip the road when covered in heavy snow and black ice. You can tell the difference between the two types of tires when you look at the tread depth, tread patterns, the tread rubber, and biting edges. Certain winter tires are made for commercial vehicles and are engineered for heavy-duty winter performance ... read more

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