With an emphasis on style and utility, the all-new Audi Q3 is creating a lot of buzz. The Q3 combines a striking coupe-like design with the convenience and versatility of an SUV. Audi fans have no doubt been keeping a close eye on the Q3’s impending fall launch, so the recent announcement regarding official pricing for its latest nameplate will be welcomed by eager customers the world over.
The 2015 Q3 will start at $32,500* and employs a standard 200 horsepower 2.0-liter TFSI® engine with a six-speed Tiptronic® transmission that is sure to please drivers for miles on end. It offers an excellent balance of agility and functionality—all while instilling unprecedented levels of joy behind the wheel.
The Q3 is as dynamic as they come. Its sporty character is supplemented by a number of stunning design points and defined by its low roof line and wraparound tailgate. Along with signature LED daytime running headlamps, the Q3 comes with standard LED taillights.
Drivers looking to add a little more sport to their Q3 can select an optional Sport package, which adds sport seats, shift paddles, and Audi drive select. The latter greatly adds to the Q3’s thrilling road manners by allowing drivers to adjust the shift points and throttle mapping of the Q3 with a simple touch of a button.
Of course, what would an Audi be without the automaker’s legendary quattro® all-wheel drive system? Available for the Q3, quattro® helps provide additional grip on winding roads and additional traction in wet and snowy conditions.
The Q3 joins the popular Q5 and Q7 in Audi’s highly successful SUV line-up. While smaller than its siblings, the Q3 offers plenty of room and comfort. There is seating for five passengers and its 48 cubic-feet of space with the 60/40 split-folding rear seats down means the Q3 offers plenty of options for cargo.
Other interior highlights include standard dual-zone automatic climate control, available power tailgate and interior LED lighting. The Audi advanced key provides keyless access as well as keyless start/stop functionality.
Audi Q3 MSRP* excluding transportation, taxes, title:
- Audi Q3 Premium Plus, FWD: $32,500
- Audi Q3 Premium Plus, quattro®: $34,600
- Audi Q3 Prestige, FWD: $36,400
- Audi Q3 Prestige, quattro®: $38,500
The launch of the 2015 Audi Q3 is shaping up to be quite an event. For more information on this and other exciting Audi models, don’t hesitate to contact or stop by our dealership
*Transportation charge is $925.00
New for 2015
Much to our excitement, Audi has totally redesigned the existing A3 model in order to broaden its appeal. In doing so, the old A3’s hatchback has been replaced with a new four-door sedan body style.
Defying logic, exceeding expectation
People place a lot of stock in the old adage that “bigger is better.” That somehow the quality of something is instantaneously and undeniably enhanced by its size. By this logic, smaller is cheap and therefore undesirable. Of course, this couldn’t be further from the truth, and size isn’t always an indication of quality. But if it is proof you require, look no further than the 2015 Audi A3.
Prior to the 2015 model year, the A3 was only offered as a hatchback. In an attempt to broaden the A3’s appeal on North American shores, however, Audi has done away with the hot hatch and redesigned the latest A3 as four-door sedan. This latest A3 is appointed with all the authentic luxury and performance you would expect from its bigger siblings, namely the A4 or A6, but with a much more attractive starting MSRP of $29,900*, which should appeal greatly to younger buyers.
Power and Performance
Every 2015 Audi A3 comes standard with a six-speed Audi S tronic®dual-clutch transmission, however, Audi offers buyers two different options when it comes to engine size. A 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder is standard and creates 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque, with power sent to the front wheels.
If a little more firepower under the hood is what you’re after, the available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine raises output to 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For the 2.0-liter, power is sent to all four-wheels thanks to Audi’s excellent quattro® all-wheel-drive system.
In addition to more power, and in a rather bizarre but welcome twist of fate, the 2.0-liter inline four actually earns slightly better fuel economy. EPA-ratings peg the 1.8-liter at 23 city/33 highway mpg,** while the heavier all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter model earns 24 city/33 highway mpg.** When most models require buyers to make a compromise between power and efficiency, it’s nice to see the A3 allow for a different approach. The joys of having your cake and eating it, too!
Features and Trims
The 2015 Audi A3 is a smartly designed four-door sedan (more on that later) that comes in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trims levels, but what truly steals the show is the sheer amount of standard equipment packed inside its alluring frame.
Naturally, the jumping off point is the Premium trim and its long list of standard equipment. Here we are treated with 17-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED taillights, Bluetooth® audio streaming, and a seven-inch Audi MM interface screen. Other standard features include leather upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite and HD radio, SD card, a sunroof, and eight-way power driver seat.
The Premium Plus trim includes all the previous equipment but adds keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone climate control, an eight-way power passenger seat, and Audi connect telematics system, which includes Wi-Fi hotspot and smartphone-based apps, while the Prestige trim throws in an excellent 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, navigation system, LED headlights, and an “S line” exterior appearance package.
Potential buyers looking to spec out their 2015 A3 even further are in luck, thanks to a number of packages that add both luxurious creature comforts and cutting-edge technology. A Cold Weather Package is available and adds heated front seats, side mirrors, and windshield washer nozzles. A Premium Plus Convenience package adds power-folding side mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, and ambient interior lighting. And a Driver Assistance package provides blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, front/rear parking sensors, and an automated parking system.
For the 2015 A3, Audi’s designers never needed to reinvent the wheel, and the A3’s look is in perfect harmony with many of Audi’s other vehicles. Upon first inspection that is. Venture closer and it is clear the A3 has been penned with both passion and careful consideration. Subtle contours, sharp creases along the side, and the gentle roll of the roofline round out what is an unquestionable simple, yet elegant, exterior.
In keeping with exterior, the cabin is also intelligently designed. Everything from the instrumentation to the dash is clean, with careful consideration made to driver and passenger usability. Thankfully, though, Audi has managed to instill a degree of sportiness with rounded vents and slick infotainment screen that tucks neatly into the dash when not in use.
Every 2015 Audi A3 sedan comes equipped with a number of standard safety features designed to keep you safe. This list includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Additionally, the A3 employs Audi Pre-Sense technology, which prepares the cabin in the event of a potential collision by automatically tightening seatbelts and shutting the windows.
As previously mentioned, potential buyers can add optional safety technology to supplement their 2015 A3, such as blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and active lane assist.
Just because the 2015 A3 is the smallest car in Audi’s lineup doesn’t make it any less grand. Quite the opposite. If you’re in the market for an upscale and compact four-door sedan, you’ll be hard pressed to find an alternative that offers the same level of driving pleasure and refined design. And that’s before taking into account its exceptional fuel economy and plethora of tech and driver assistance technologies. In short, the 2015 A3 represents the perfect entry point into the Audi lineup, and it does so without forgoing any premium content or luxury appeal.
* Starting MSRP for a 2015 Audi A3 1.8T Premium. Limited availability, available for factory order. Model shown is a 2015 Audi A3 2.0T Prestige, 19” wheels (delayed availability) and Sport pkg., starting MSRP $43,050. Prices exclude destination, taxes, title, other options and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price.
** EPA-estimates. Your mileage may vary.
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Audi is offering $3,000 towards the lease or purchase of a new 2014 A6 TDI
*For an owner or a member of an owner's household where a model year 2001 or newer BMW, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Acura, or Infiniti vehicle is currently registered (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay $3,000 towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2014 A6 TDI clean diesel model. Offer not available on 2014 RS5 Coupe, RS5 Cabriolet, and A8 L W12. No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeem able for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Demonstrator, Service Loaner, or Audi Owner Loyalty Programs. See your Audi dealer for incentive and financing details, or, for general product information, call 1-800-FOR-Audi. All offers end July 1, 2014 (Audi of America 'Audi Acquisition Program' Bulletin 14-N-0065). ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
Q3 launch drives strong sales of all-new A-segment family
Audi has maintained a solid and consistent record sales pace throughout 2014, with the best-ever September results following the best-ever sales month in AoA sales history in August. The previous September record was set in 2013 with sales of 13,065 vehicles.
Through the first nine months of 2014, the Audi brand sold nearly as many vehicles in the U.S. as it did over a full year in 2012, which was 139,310 units. Year-to-date 2014 Audi U.S. sales have increased to 130,983 vehicles, a 14.5% gain from the same period in 2013.
“Building on the popularity and robust sales performance of the Q5 and Q7, the successful launch of the new Q3 crossover offers Audi customers another great option to meet their needs,” said Mark Del Rosso, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Audi of America. “The demand for this new product – as well as the entire A-segment family – indicates that the market will continue to support our strong sales momentum.”
Sales at the top end of the Audi lineup remained steady with the most exclusive C- and D- segment models continuing to represent nearly one-third of overall Audi sales.
September represented steady demand for the Audi Q5 and Q7 SUVs. For the January-September period, Q5 sales rose 5.3%, while YTD sales for the Audi Q7 increased 21.7%. The September debut of the all-new Audi Q3 yielded 1,092 sales.
After its April U.S. sales debut, the 2015 Audi A3 family has maintained a strong and consistent sales pace. September 2014 brought 2,340 A3 sales to solidify the standing of these compact premium models among the top three of the brand’s best sellers.
September is the 14th consecutive month of record sales for Audi Certified pre-owned. This month marked an increase of 29.6% and a total of 3,866 CPO vehicles sold; CPO sales year-to-date increased 18.8%.
- The 2015 Audi A3 models, including new sedan and Cabriolet variants, have generated sales of 14,669 units since the first of the family line models reached the U.S. in the spring.
- Sales of Audi premium category vehicles (Audi A6, Audi A7, Audi A8, and Audi Q7) increased 9% year-to-date, representing 31.1% of total Audi sales year-to-date and 21% of the Audi year-to-date sales gain.
- Sales mix for Audi S performance variants finished the month at 12.2% for the S4 sedan; 30.9% for the S5/ RS 5; 4.6% for the S6; 20.4% for the S7 / RS 7; 11.1% for the S8; 38.1% for the TTS and TTS Roadster, and 6.3% for the SQ5 crossover.
- September sales mix for Audi TDI models: Audi A3 TDI at 7.3%; Audi A6 TDI at 9.1%; Audi A7 TDI at 10.9%; A8 TDI at 7.6%; Audi Q5 TDI at 14.0%, Audi Q7 TDI at 19.7%, with an overall mix of 12.0% on 1,113 total TDI sales for September.
- Audi holds the longest running monthly record sales streak in the premium car market according to a competitive sales report from MotorIntelligence.com.
Audi was the first OEM to gain a Nevada autonomous driving plate in 2012, and the first to test on new Florida connected car expressway
Audi has conducted research over tens of thousands of miles in Europe and various U.S. states, where such testing is permitted. The research is aimed at preparing a highly automated Piloted driving system for freeway traffic conditions. Audi envisions this technology could be ready for consumer introduction within five years.
California roads are especially crucial to Audi Piloted driving testing because the state is home to the brand’s Electronics Research Lab. ERL engineers are working on a wide range of automated driving issues, including human-machine interface prompts that indicate when the human or the vehicle are handling driving functions.
Audi and ERL researchers have been involved in the pursuit of automated driving from its earliest stages. Audi, ERL and Stanford University engineers collaborated on the development of the Autonomous Audi TTS Pikes Peak car, which successfully completed the challenging 12.42-mile route of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race in Colorado in 27 minutes without a human in the car.
“Audi is a driving force behind the research taking automated driving from science fiction to pre-production readiness,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “Obtaining the first permit issued by the State of California shows that we intend to remain the leader in this vital technology frontier.”
California has allowed limited use of its roads for automated vehicle testing in past years. But the state legislature, led by Sen. Alex Padilla, passed legislation that Gov. Jerry Brown signed in 2012 to establish new guidelines for testing and eventually consumer use of technologies, such as Audi Piloted driving.
Regulations taking effect today include proof of insurance or surety bonds for manufacturers testing automated driving research cars, and permits for company-designated operators of those vehicles.
“California has shown time and time again that it is a global technological leader and today marks the beginning of a new era for the auto industry,” Sen. Padilla said. “Driverless vehicle technology has the potential to revolutionize driving, reduce traffic accidents and save lives. I applaud the efforts of Audi of America and others whose commitment is making this technology a reality,”
In 2012, Audi was the first automotive OEM to receive one of the red autonomous vehicle license plates issues by the State of Nevada. In July, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Audi was the first automaker to demonstrate the capability of its automated driving technologies on a Tampa expressway newly designated as an autonomous and connected car test bed.
Download an image of the Audi A7 Traffic Jam Pilot prototype in a classic California setting at audiusanews.com here:http://audiusanews.com/image-gallery.do?method=view&imageGalleryId=555&mid=1
The newest running footage of Audi automated driving technology can be found at audiusanews.com here:http://audiusanews.com/videogallery/view-channel/136bc58593126/2014-audi-a7-piloted-driving-tampa
See the Audi A7 Traffic Jam Pilot prototype in action on the AudiUSA YouTube channel here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reEF9SnFeSk&list=UUuBV7qZtBMbnuB_0bXDoLaQ
Incentives up to $5,000 towards the purchase or lease of a new Audi
Contact Fathers & Sons Audi for more information on these special loyalty offers, or to schedule a test drive.
Model Year 2014 Audi Owner Loyalty Program
|Eligible MY||Eligible Model||Incentive|
|2014||A4 & S4 Sedan||$1,000*|
|2014||A5, S5 & RS5 Coupe||$1,000*|
|2014||A5, S5 & RS5 Cabriolet||$1,000*|
|2014||A6 & S6||$1,500*|
|2014||A7, S7 & RS7||$1,500*|
|2014||A8 (including TDI) & S8||$5,000*|
|2014||TT & TTS Coupe||$1,000*|
|2014||TT & TTS Roadster||$1,000*|
|2014||Q5 & SQ5||$1,000*|
Model Year 2015 Audi Owner Loyalty Programs
|Eligible MY||Eligible Model||Incentive||Enhanced Incentive for Audi Financial Services Customers|
|2015||TT & TTS Coupe||$750**||$1000***|
|2015||TT & TTS Roadster||$750**||$1,000***|
*For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $1,000 and $5,000, depending upon model, towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2014 A4/S4 Sedan, A5/S5/RS 5 Coupe, A5/S5/RS 5 Cabriolet, allroad, TT/TTS, TT/TTS Roadster, Q5 & SQ5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS 7, Q7, A8, and S8 models. Offer excludes R8 models. No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends October 2, 2014. See Fathers & Sons Audi for incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0068 ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
**For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model (proof of ownership/registration is required). Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $500 and $750, depending upon model towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2015 A3 Sedan, TT/TTS, and TT/TTS Roadster.
No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends January 2, 2015. See Fathers & Sons Audifor incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0036 ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
***For an individual, member of an individual's household, or business customer who currently owns or leases a MY2001 or newer Audi model. Limit one incentive per eligible VIN. Audi of America, Inc. will pay between $750 and $1000, depending upon model, towards the lease or purchase of a new, unused 2015 A3 Sedan, TT/TT-S, and TT/TT-S Roadster when you finance your lease or purchase through Audi Financial Services. Not all customers will qualify for financing through Audi Financial Services. No trade-in required. Offers are non-transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Incentive paid to dealer and requires dealer participation. May not be combined with Conquest, Dealer Small Fleet Incentive, or Courtesy Vehicle Lease Programs. Fleet leasing, fleet management or dealer-affiliated fleet companies are not eligible. Offer ends January 2, 2015. See Fathers & Sons Audi for incentive and financing details or call 1-800-FOR-AUDI. Audi of America Bulletin 14-N-0036; ©2014 Audi of America, Inc.
Audi and AT&T now offer drivers the option to choose a plan that best fits their data needs and lifestyle
With a Mobile Share Value Plan*, customers can purchase a monthly allotment of data to share among their connected devices, including the all-new Audi premium compact and crossover models equipped with Audi connect. The access charge is $10 a month to add a vehicle to a Mobile Share Value plan, which is the same price that AT&T charges to add a tablet to an existing plan.
With Mobile Share Value added to the list of current plans, Audi A3, S3 and Q3 drivers will be able to choose an option that best fits their data needs and lifestyle, whether they elect to dedicate data exclusively to their vehicle or spread it among a number of different devices or family members.
In January, AT&T and Audi announced a collaboration to introduce the first on-board 4G LTE service in the U.S. with the 2015 Audi A3. Current data plans for the 2015 A3 are competitively priced, starting at $99 for a 6-month plan with a data allotment of 5 GB, and $499 for a 30-month plan with 30 GB. The same 4G LTE data plans are also available on the newly launched Audi S3 performance sedan.
Owners of the all-new 2015 Audi Q3 will be able to sign up for the same data plan pricing.
Also starting on Oct. 1, Audi and AT&T will launch a monthly data plan for 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models. The new plan offers customers who are not eligible for the Mobile Share Value data plan a flexible alternative to the current longer term 6-month and 30-month plans. For only $20 per month, customers can access 1 GB of data per month.
Data Pricing Options (Starting Oct. 1 for 2015 A3, S3 and Q3 models)**:
- $99 for 6 months, 5GB of data
- $499 for 30 months, 30GB of data
- $10 per month for adding vehicle to an AT&T Mobile Share Value plan
- $20 per month, 1GB of data
* Pricing also available for AT&T Mobile Share
** Stand-alone prepaid data plans: Expire when full data allotment is used or the specified time period ends, whichever comes first. Payments are non-refundable. $20 plan includes access to 1 GB data for 30 days. $99 plan includes access to 5 GB of data for up to 6 months. $499 plan includes access to 30 GB of data for up to 30 months. Mobile Share ValueSM: Requires plan charge for shared data (min $20/mo. for 300MB) and vehicle access charge ($10/mo.). Additional charges apply for extra data and devices. Other pricing options, charges and restrictions apply. Visit att.com/msv for pricing details.
For more information, please visit www.audiusa.com/audiconnect
Audi Robotic Telepresence, or “ART,” is streamlining the service floor, so maintenance will no longer be a chore. The first technology of its kind among automakers, ART creates one-on-one virtual links between Audi Technical Assistance consultants and dealers across the country. Remotely, expert technicians at Audi of America can inspect a vehicle with the dealer technicians as if they were physically there.
The most impressive aspect of Audi’s new technology is its precision. The advanced system allows the operator to move around the vehicle while conversing with service technicians onscreen as if they were standing in the room. The attached borescope and handheld camera provide an even closer look at the vehicle being serviced, even for hard-to-reach components, resulting in an incredibly thorough inspection.
ART is entering a pilot program, with expected installation in 100 Audi dealers across the U.S. We can’t wait to see what ART could do for Audi service technicians and customers alike. Stay tuned!
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Many car drivers use their vehicle every day, but from time to time it's necessary to consider long-term storage. Some people don't use their car over the winter months or need to leave the country for a while, and this means that it's time to store away the family auto. If you need to put your car into long-term storage, use the following tips to make sure that your vehicle remains in excellent working order.
Find a good place to store the car
You probably won't want to leave your car exposed to the elements if you're not going to use it. Find a sheltered place to keep the car like a garage, shed, or outhouse that can protect the vehicle from the rain. Search local ads for reasonably priced accommodation if you don't have your own garage. If there's nothing available, invest in a high-quality weatherproof car cover which will at least protect your car from the weather.
Thoroughly clean the car
Dirt and debris on your car may cause damage, so give the car a thorough clean before storing it. Remove bird droppings or tree sap, which can both damage paint work, and get rid of mud or oil from the wheels and fenders. Apply a good quality wax or sealant to the exterior, as this will protect the paint from any dirt or dust that accumulates in storage.
Fill up your gas tank
Some drivers make the mistake of emptying the gas tank when they put their cars into storage. Topping off your gas tank stops moisture from accumulating inside the tank, and will also make sure the seals don't dry out. Consider adding a fuel stabilizer, which will protect the engine from rust and ensure the fuel doesn't deteriorate.
Charge the battery
Even though you aren't going to drive the car for a while, it's a good idea to make sure the battery charge doesn't run out. If you can't get somebody to come and visit the car, charge and disconnect the battery completely. Otherwise, you can buy a trickle charger that plugs into the electricity supply and continuously gently charges the battery.
Inflate your tires
It's always a good idea to inflate your tires to the manufacturer's recommended pressure. While the car is stationary, the weight of the vehicle pressing on the tires can cause damage, particularly in cold temperatures. Another solution to consider is removing all four wheels and jacking the car up on all four corners. This is hard work, but it’s worth it for cars that will be stored for a month or more.
Protect the car from pests
Cars give rats and mice lots of places to hide and keep warm and these creatures can cause damage if they gnaw at wires. Plug obvious places (like the exhaust pipe) where rodents could get in, and consider laying traps or poison. Make sure you close all the car windows tightly and remove any food or trash from the car that may attract pests.
Don't cancel your insurance
Your car is a valuable asset. Even though it's not on the road, it could still suffer damage in storage. If you cancel your insurance, you may have to pay more when you decide to start driving it again. Talk to your insurance company about the options available to you.
It's important to prepare your car properly for long-term storage. Your vehicle is probably worth a lot of money, so protect your investment and make sure your car is just the way you left it when you come back.
Are you one of the many drivers who never thinks about tires until they go flat? By taking simple action, you can extend the life of your tires and determine when you need to buy new ones. This helps you avoid the danger and inconvenience of flat tires. If you have your dealer rotate your tires regularly, you help extend your tires’ life by helping them wear evenly. By regularly checking your tire pressure, you can also extend the life of your tires.
Regardless of how well you care for your tires, the time will come when you must replace them. Safety as well as convenience is at stake. You don’t want a flat tire, but driving with worn tires also makes your car more difficult to control, especially in bad weather. Although many people get so busy they forget to check their tires, others do not know how to tell when they need to replace their tires. The following pointers will help you learn how.
As tires roll over highways, the friction between them and the road wear down their treads. When tires have inadequate tread depth, they will not grip the road well and can lead to unsafe driving conditions, especially in the rain. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says the minimum safe depth of a tread is 2/32 inches. You may not have a ruler handy to measure your tread, but a simple technique makes checking your treads easy.
Take a penny and insert it into the tread groove with Lincoln’s head pointed downward toward the center of the wheel, facing outward. If you can see Lincoln’s forehead, the tire still has useful life. If you can see Lincoln’s hair on top of his head, you will soon need a replacement. Finally, if you can see the top of Lincoln’s head or the empty space above it, you should replace the tire as soon as possible.
In the United States, tires have wear bars that provide a visual signal when they need replacement. Wear bars are shorter than healthy treads, so they are not noticeable to most drivers. When treads wear, the wear bars become visible. They look like bridges across the tread grooves. When this happens you need to buy new tires. Some drivers have trouble identifying wear bars at first, so if you can’t see them on your tires, ask a service technician at our dealership to show you.
Tires lose their integrity with age. Heat, sunlight, chemicals from the road, and gases from the air cause tires to corrode and oxidize, making them unsafe for use. This problem can especially affect spare tires which often sit in trunks unnoticed and unused for prolonged periods. Develop a replacement plan for any cars you own that get little use and for your spare tires. Tires wear at different rates depending on how often the car is driven and how many miles are put on it each year, so there is no exact time frame for tire replacement.
Other Signs of Wear
Not all tires wear evenly, so motorists should periodically inspect every part of their tires. Look for uneven wear and flat spots on the edge of the tread. Replace tires that bulge on the sides. Visible wires signal that a tire has gone too far. The wires you see come from the metal belts that strengthen tires; manufacturers do not intend for this part of a tire to contact the road.
To avoid problems with your tires, inspect them regularly or have our dealership inspect them anytime you come in for a service appointment. Try adding a reminder to your task list, calendar, or schedule to make sure your tires never leave you stranded or put you or your car in danger.
Keep calm and stay aware
However experienced a driver is, there will be times when bad weather or other factors will make road conditions more dangerous and they'll find themselves in a position where their car suffers a loss of traction. This can quickly cause a loss of control and increase their risk of their becoming involved in an accident. In addition to the effects of snow, rain, and ice, oil and other spillages can reduce the grip between a car's tires and the road surface. It's important for drivers to understand what to do if their car loses traction.
An instinctive reaction of most drivers when their car loses traction and begins to slide out of control is to apply the brakes. However, even when the vehicle has anti-lock brakes, this response is likely to make it harder to regain control of the car. Reducing speed by taking your foot off the accelerator will be far more effective as a means of improving the traction of the car, and it's less likely to increase the risk of an accident.
Another method of improving traction is to change your gear to a lower setting. By increasing the level of deceleration, this will improve traction by reducing the speed of the car. However, with the increased differentiation between gearing ratios in automatic gearboxes, this approach may not always be advisable. Nonetheless, a gradual reduction of speed, rather than the aggressive reduction resulting from braking, will be more effective in terms of regaining control of your car and improving its level of road traction.
When a car loses traction, it's natural for a driver to turn the steering in the opposite direction. Again, this can easily increase the loss of control of the car. The effective approach to steering if your car loses traction is to turn the steering wheel in the same direction you are already moving.
Awareness and driver behavior
Finally, awareness and adaption of driving behavior are important elements. The impact of bad weather conditions on road traction is likely to be more prevalent in rural and freeway areas, which have less protection from the elements. To reduce risk while travelling on these roads, it's important for the driver to adapt his or her driving to reflect the conditions--for example, by lowering speed and increasing distance from the car in front.
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