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K&M Tire Facts
Our trucks drive more than 50,000 miles a day total to serve our customers.
Our call center takes an average of 2,770 calls per day.
More than 7,000 customers use Web Link, our online ordering system.
On average we sell tires to about 2,100 customers per business day.
Tire Safety Facts: Tire Pressure
When it comes to tire pressure, you want to strike a happy medium. Over-inflated tires ride roughly and wear prematurely at the center of their tread. Under-inflated tires decrease fuel economy, cause imprecise handling, wear prematurely at the edges of their treads, and can overheat and fail at highway speeds.
Under-inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, and they waste more than 1 billion gallons of gasoline each year, based on U.S. Department of Energy estimates. Correct tire pressure ensures optimum vehicle handling for comfort and safety. And it will make tires last longer and help maximize your fuel economy.
Tire Safety Facts: Tire Tread Depth
Having good tires with sufficient tread depth is crucial for driving safety, particularly in wet or snowy road conditions.
Check the tread depth of your car tires by inserting a penny upside down into a tire groove. If you can see above Lincoln's head at any point, start shopping for new tires.
Tire Safety Facts: Tire Balance/Rotation
Proper tire balance and regular rotation help maximize tire life and provide a safer driving experience by preventing uneven wear. Have the tire balance checked if you feel unusual vibrations through the steering or chassis, and rotate the tires at the mileage interval specified in your vehicle owner manual. If your tires wear unevenly, or the vehicle pulls to the left or right, it is time to have the suspension inspected and the wheels aligned.
Interesting Car Facts
American's love their cars. There are 253 million cars on our nation's roadways. Getting your drivers license is a right of passage in the United States. But how much do you know about those cars?
Here a few interesting and relatively unknown facts about cars:
- The Honda CRV came with a picnic table.
- The first and second generations of Honda's compact SUV came with a standard flip-out picnic table. There was also an optional shower kit for the back!
- The Ford GT is so strong that during the "Roof Crush" test, it broke the crushing machine.
- The car was released in the 2005-2006 model years and had a superplastic-formed frame and aluminum body panels. This superplastic material is developed with special techniques using heat.
- The last car with a standard cassette player was a Lexus.
- Today, car companies are all switching from CD players to iPod-integrated infotainment systems, but Lexus was a surprising hold out for the tape deck. The SC430 came with one standard as late as 2010. The very last car to be able to play cassettes was the Ford Crown Vic, which still had an optional player in 2011.
- The first Porsche sedan was a Studebaker.
- Porsche's first four-door wasn't the Panamera, or even their four-door prototype from the '90s. Porsche actually built a prototype sedan for Studebaker called the Type 542 back in 1952.
- The Austin Maestro was different genders in different countries.
- The Austin Maestro was one of the first cars with a talking digital dash. The company had actress Nicolette Mackenzie read out warnings, like low oil pressure or the brakes need servicing. For some markets (like Spain and Germany), Austin-Rover gave the car a male voice.
- The average car has 30,000 parts.
- When the car radio was introduced, some states wanted to ban it arguing that it could distract drivers and cause accidents.