Speed ratings in reverse
We always see tires that are being improved for quicker steering and for increasing the speed time from 0 to 60 mph.
What I think is equally, if not more, important is a tire that will achieve a shorter span of time going from 60 to 0 mph. I don't see specs on this in 99 percent of the tire ads. It seems that this aspect is ignored, in favor of speed.
I believe this to be of major interest to a lot of the people on the road. Most are not interested in breaking the sound barrier with their cars but rather, how quickly they can stop.
I think the time has come for vehicle manufacturers to insert specification data into a car's computer—vehicle-specific tire size and air pressure, with TSB info and servicing requirements—as well as other information that could be downloaded to service the vehicle properly.
Also, why don't tire manufacturers put a different color rubber, like yellow or red, at the minimum tread depth level of 2/32-inch and another colored layer of rubber at the danger level, zero. It's almost too simple, but it would alert everybody around that car—including the owner, if he or she chooses to bend over and look—that, hey, your tires are no good.
The one thing that I've never seen a police officer do is look at the tread depth of the tires on a vehicle that's been in an accident. I mean, on a typical skid accident they don't. They'll just report that the guy lost control. Putting in a colored layer would make that easier.
One more question: Does anyone out there have a good solution for chromed aluminum wheels that are peeling and leaking at the tire bead seat?
Whitehall Tires for Less
In the Feb. 12 issue of Tire Business, Richard and Keith Watson of Village Tire & Auto in Cleveland, Tenn., commented on the SKU code stickers on the beads of tires.
I agree that the manufacturers need to put the stickers somewhere else rather than on the bead area of a tire. As I also have had tires leak at the spot where the sticker is placed, I automatically remove the sticker before I mount the tire. Some of them come off easily, while with others you have to actually dig into the rubber.
I don't know what purpose these stickers serve, other than maybe for the tire manufacturer. A customer can ruin a brand new tire without even knowing it by running it low on air pressure.
Big E Tires & Wheels