Staying Safe in Ice and Snow

December 2nd, 2016
Tennessee can get some pretty tough winter conditions -- stay safe when you're out in it!
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Nokian Tires - Winter Road Warriors

September 22nd, 2016

About six years ago, on the recommendation of another company who had great experiences with the brand, Free Service Tire started carrying the Nokian brand of tires. Nokian is manufactured in Finland, by the same corporation that makes Nokia phones. Nokia is actually one of the oldest corporate names in Finland and Nokian has been in the tire business since 1932.

One thing we know about Finland is their infamous for their snow and harsh winters.  Nokian's winter tires consistently rate toward the top of test results in JD Power, Consumer Reports and other publications. Their tread wear, ride quality and road manners are on par with the best all-season tires, yet they offer traction in winter conditions that all-season tires or even all-terrain truck tires can’t match.

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Winter Tires – Yea or Nay?

February 24th, 2016
In a lot of parts of the country, the winters are tough enough that all-season tires just won’t get the job done. All-season tires are a compromise; they offer good year-round traction with a quiet ride, good handling and road manners. They tend to perform well in wet weather and light wintry conditions, but when the snow is more than a couple of inches deep, all-season tires are out of their league. That’s when it’s time to consider winter tires. 
Winter Tires TN & VA
 
Today’s winter tires are a long way from the heavy, noisy, clumsy “snow tires” or “mud grips” that your dad might have had on his station wagon 40 years ago. Modern winter tires are designed for noise, handl ...[more]
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Winter Tires? Or All-Season Tires?

January 23rd, 2016
Winter tires versus all-season tires…which is the right choice for you?
Winter Tires Vs. All SEason Tires
 
The two designs are quite different and deliver different levels of performance and winter-weather traction, so let’s discuss. 
All-season tires are designed as an all-around compromise. They feature a tread pattern that evacuates water from the tire’s contact patch to prevent hydroplaning, with plenty of small, textured slits (sipes) to add extra biting edges for traction in wet or slushy conditions. 
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