Ensuring That Your Tires are Suitable for Winter

By Paul Croft

It’s easy to understand that winter happens to be a pricey time of the year with lots of Christmas activities and dramatically increased energy costs as a result of trying to keep warm when the weather outside is cold. Plenty of people view winter tires as an extra expense that they are unable to comfortably purchase and because they are not a legal requirement here in the USA like other Countries in Europe such as Germany, they never really seem to bother. Nevertheless, during the winter, appropriate tires ought to be deemed as an investment in your safety – which is priceless and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Continue reading “Ensuring That Your Tires are Suitable for Winter”

A Practical Defense of a Five-Hour Driving Class

By Mark Etinger

A five hour driving class is now the difference between you and a big discount on your car insurance. It was not always this way of course. When you first made your road test appointment you were nervous and troubled by the prospect of someone judging the merits of your driving. You had long heard a wealth of road test horror stories. Circumstance as it were could easily come between you and your driver’s license should some unforeseen and uncontrollable occurrence complicate your driving even slightly. These things, you assumed, happened all the time. Your time in driver’s ed was mostly uneventful but you still drove around with all the anxiety of a person fully aware that a car can potentially be a very dangerous item and that even if you were a great driver, which you knew you definitely were not, you could be harmed by another less qualified driver who had somehow slipped through the system. Continue reading “A Practical Defense of a Five-Hour Driving Class”

5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Used Tires

By Rizki Akmanda Zaymi

Giving your ride used tires is a good way in saving money. Besides, doing it also means that you are an eco-friendly person. The more good tires thrown away, the more wastes our earth would take. However, choosing used tires is not an easy task. If you are not careful enough, you may end up buying tires with uneven wear, thin spots, bubbles, or terrible patching. Lessen your chance of buying damaged tires by reading these tips. Continue reading “5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Used Tires”

Advantages of Ceramic Brake Pads

By Shawn Michael Smith

Ceramic brake pads are the newest innovation in automotive braking technology. Ceramic pads out perform traditional brake pads in every way. They are lighter, cleaner, quieter and more efficient than traditional pads. Ceramic pads do cost a little bit more than their metallic and semi-metallic counterparts, but they more than make up for the cost difference in performance.

People that like to keep a clean car with clean chrome wheel will be very satisfied with ceramic pads. They produce very little brake dust and what is produced can generally be wiped away by hand, maintaining a very clean appearance. Generally abrasive de-greasers and cleaners are not necessary to remove the dirt. The weight savings afforded by ceramic, though minimal, are another advantage. This would be important mostly in racing applications where every pound counts, but it cannot be denied as an advantage for even the most modest daily driver. Every pound helps improve gas mileage. The compound used to produce ceramic pads makes them extremely quiet. Metallic and semi-metallic brake pads commonly installed in vehicles from the factory are usually associated with a very irritating squeaking noise. This can be attributed to the metal in the brake pads grinding against the metal of the rotors. Ceramic brakes solve this irritation by eliminating the abrasive metals that cause these aggravating sounds. Ceramic brake pads do not eliminate noise altogether, but they produce it in a frequency that cannot be heard by the human ear.

Ceramic brake pads are made of a compound of several materials that significantly increase the useful life of the pads. Increases of up to 30% are not unusual. This increase in life alone is a good reason to spend the extra money for ceramic pads. Heat production is one of the major factors that influences how brake pads perform. Ceramic pads are designed to dissipate heat much faster than conventional metallic pads which helps decrease brake fade from repeated braking action. The decrease in heat also decreases the likely hood that you will warp a rotor, which is a costly repair. The elimination of abrasive metal in ceramic pads also can be attributed to longer rotor life. As ceramic pads wear, they do not have metal strips that will gouge pits into a rotor like traditional pads. Large commercial vehicles in particular see a great benefit from the heat reduction afforded by ceramic brakes. The large brakes on large truck generate much more heat that a traditional vehicle, making effective brake cooling a necessity. Ceramic pads are just one more way to protect against brake failure from overheating, making driving that much safer for everyone. This is a benefit that every vehicle owner should take into consideration when buying new pads. It may not seem like a big deal but every thing you can do to increase the safety of your vehicle should be considered especially if you are carrying your family with you.

When it comes time to replace the brake pads on any of your vehicles, ceramic brake pads should be the only kinds you consider. Ceramic is the compound of the future for braking technology and the benefits will only continue to grow as time goes on. The extra cost is more than worth the extra peace of mind.

Shawn M Smith

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