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Automatic Braking; Standard on All New Cars in 2022

March 22nd, 2016

Automatic Braking System coming to all new cars in less than 8 years! 

Automatic emergency braking or AEB systems a standard feature on practically all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2022 according to a new plan from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Automatic brakes are designed to stop a vehicle before it collides with a car or another object. Experts say that making them standard could prevent as much as 20 percent of accidents.

AEB systems are usually coupled with another tech breakthrough called "forward collision warning" which scans the road ahead then warns the driver if the car is about to crash. This allows drivers to take action to slow down the car or ...[more]

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All Season vs Winter Tires, Pt II

January 22nd, 2016

Take a look at this test sponsored by Bridgestone and author Jason Torchinsky

In this great demo video you can see the difference on an ice skating rink with specially designed trike tires. 

Remember, as we stated, winter tires are composed of different materials than all seaon tires, they have special treads and patterns meant to push snow away from your tires making them better handling, safer tires in the snow and ice.

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4 Points on Why Oil Changes are Imperative

January 19th, 2016

Always Critical to Extending Engine Life.....

1. Engine Performance: 106 ST Tire & Wheel could never stress the importance of this aspect of vehicle maintenance. Changing oil regularly helps maintain vital engine performances and engine operations. Allowing improved functionality and smoother driving, changing oil every 3,000 nukes will keep internal engine parts clean and lubricated.

2. Remove Build-Up: Used oil eventually builds up certain amounts of dirt and debris and becomes engine gunk, without regular oil changes this can damage engine components and decrease performance a lot.

3. Fuel Economy:...[more]

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Bridgestone's Ecopic Tires...the Green Tire

January 12th, 2016

Bridgestone manufactures “think green” tires and they are an important contribution to combating climate change. 106 St Tire has been selling Ecopia tires for many years.

Bridgestone Ecopia tires combine eco-friendly ride with low rolling resistance tire technology that delivers an increased miles per gallon result. This may not seem important since gas prices are no longer spiraling however earth's fragile eco-system make greenhouse gases and pollution very important issues today and in the future and for years to come.

By lowering your tire’s rolling resistance you increase fuel efficiency while providing a quieter ride for yourself and your passengers.

Here's the really great news about Ecopia tires available at all of our Queens locations:

  • Ecopia tires have a long wear life
  • Ecopia ...[more]
  Posted in: Tires 101, Industry News
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Used Tires...Here's Where They Come From

January 5th, 2016

FAQ about 106 St Tire & Wheel’s used tires

Where do used tires come from?

Take a look around after the environmental carnage of the flooding like we are seeing in Missouri. That folks is the good news for used tire buyers and the bad news for the whole country. There are millions of dollars in ruined cars, trucks, vans and more all ruined because of damage from fallen trees, tornados and flooding. There will be more, too, with the upcoming rain expected in California due to el nino shortly. Tires are impervious to water however when flood water gets inside a car, the inside is ruined. Flood water carries with it not only waste water but also street water containing spillage from leaking transmissions, oil leaks, antifreeze, etc. 

Interiors are ruined and drying them does not solve the situation as they are ...[more]

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Luxury Cars Redefined 2016 Style

January 4th, 2016

...you think you have a luxury car? Maybe not. Read about luxury 2016 style. Now keep in mind you are talking about a big sticker price, too, but we can dream, can't we? What's new in luxury...more luxury, luxury gone 21st century and beyond. This article is based on an MSN autos article with some of our insights as consumers, who, like most of you can dream!

Massaging seats: How about the big buck Bentley Mulsanne: Reclining rear seat? Yep! "Heating and ventilation?" Of course! In seat massage? You betcha and five different types of massages with 10 different levels of power no less (can we just buy the seats?).  MSN Auto states: "The Mulsanne knows how to take care of you."

Luxury leather: MSN Auto says: "Diamond stitched leather or Alcant ...[more]

  Posted in: Industry News
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"Dump That SUV" Says Men's Health

December 29th, 2015

3 More Quick Tips from Men's Health Magazine

Dump that SUV: Men's Health points out some down sides of driving an SUV. They say your SUV brakes more slowly, accelerates more slowly, takes more time to get through intersections, use more gas, pollute the environment more than mid-size cars and the likelihood of a roll over is increased considerably. Also, SUVs' size tend to cause issues for other drivers which may mean you land up in an accident. The visibility of other drivers impact safety because of blindspots...theirs and yours.

Automotive Repair Issues? Be Specific: Need a repair? Think you do? Take notes of every thing that happens because a good mechanic wants the facts. Write down such things as:

1) was the engine hot?

2) did whatever happen on a turn?

3) what kind of ...[more]

  Posted in: Safety First, Industry News
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Which Lane is the Safest Lane on the Highway?

December 22nd, 2015

Safety Tips You Don't Know

1) Men's Health states that ramp metering...you know...those annoying red lights that stop you from entering a highway...will save you time.

The use of traffic signals at highway on-ramps regulates traffic flow forcing a small time penalty on drivers at the beginning of their commutes. However, it pays off states the magazine. They quote David Schrank, Ph.D., of the Texas Transportation Institute: "Requiring vehicles to wait 20 or 30 seconds can save drivers 5 to 10 minutes on their trip."

2) Always be prepared for a water landing; most cars have electronic windows. Water and electricity don't mix well and your windows will short out when they come in contact with water. Result? You're trapped. Men's Health says, "Spend a few bucks on a center punch, a device shaped like a screwdriver but ...[more]

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Non-Freeze Windshield Wiper Fluid Recipe

December 14th, 2015

Got No Wiper Fluid?

Here's a quick "recipe:"

  • 1 and 1/2 cups rubbing isopropyl alcohol
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of liquid detergent (best kind? the ones that degrease dishes and pots)

you can double the above and get one gallon, however, don't over use the alcohol which may damage your wiper blades so take that under advisement. This is a quick fix in a pinch. CAUTION: label and store properly; isopropyl alcohol is poisonous but is needed in this recipe as an anti-freeze agent. USE ONLY AS AN EMERGENCY for auto safety only. Keep kids and pets away from this, please!

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