Before You Go

How To Avoid Wildlife Accidents This Season

We’ve all seen yellow warning signs about wildlife crossings. The danger is a real--and potentially expensive--problem for drivers on rural roads. Here are some tips for preserving local fauna and preventing your vehicle from ending up in a ditch.

Reading The Lines: Cracks in Your Glass

Drive long enough and you’re sure to encounter a chip or crack in your windshield.

Sometimes it’s caused by a gravel truck; sometimes the wound is on the passenger side. Whatever the case, ignoring the scar isn’t the best option.

Three Ways to Make Tires Last Longer

An underinflated tire poses a safety risk and also wears out faster. Can you rely on tire warning lights in your dashboard? No really. Here's why.

Traction improves with proper inflation

5 Reasons to Check Your Tires This Month

Tires don’t get much attention until something goes wrong--like sliding through an intersection during a heavy February storm.

Yet, a few moments of attention can help prevent disaster. After all, tires are one of your vehicle's most important safety components.

Don't let bad lenses lead you down a dark alley

Those bright bulbs in your headlights don’t help much if the plastic guarding them is cloudy and stained. Hazy lenses can dramatically reduce visibility, making night driving potentially hazardous.

Are your tires safe? Take the Canadian coin test

Everything in your car—including its ability to stop, avoid road debris, handle wet surfaces and reduce road noise—rides on the quality of the tires. They are the lowest common denominator in vehicle safety.

“The contact point on any given tire is about the size of your palm,” said Dan Zielinski, vice president of communications at the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association. “It is a critical piece of safety equipment for your car.”

How tread design helps tires grip road

Tires are easy to forget until they go flat or your vehicle slides into a stop when you push the brake pedal.

How does tread design affect your driving and safety? And what kind of tread should you use for your driving environment?

"A tire is a complex composite structure with fabric and steel components,” said Jim Davis, spokesperson for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. “There are countless variations as these many components are tweaked, depending upon the intended performance features to emphasize in each product.”