The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #36:

A Web Log about lifetime tire maintenance from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

I was talking with my good compadre Mike at Tire Discounters the other day. 

“Phantom, I’m not feeling really great today.”

“Why not Mike?  Oh, I’ll bet I know what it is.  Sometimes I will start thinking of unfortunate souls who don’t patronize Tire Discounters for lifetime tire maintenance and the lack of proper alignment, the unbalanced state of their tires, and how they must constantly overpay for routine maintenance!”

“Well, yeah, there’s that, but…”

“I’m always cognizant of reality, Mike…”

“You are?”

“…but sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the multitudes that I haven’t yet reached with my good news about Tire Discounters.”  And I must say, it does make me feel low at times.  There Mike, does it help to know you’re not alone in these thoughts?”

“Well, actually, I’ve just got a little cold.  You know, congestion, coughing…that kind of thing.”

“That sounds awful!”

“What, you’ve never felt that way?”

“Not that I can recall.  Is there anything I can do?”

Then Mike mumbled something that sounded like “maybe get sick for once in your life like normal people”. 

I must have misunderstood.   

The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #35:

A Web Log about treadwear from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Diary,

I was having a spot of trouble with my computer the other day, and a nice young man (certainly not a “Geek”, so the company name remains confusing to me) was dispatched to the lair.  He pulled up in a newer model Volkswagen.  After a brief visual inspection of his treadwear, I introduced myself.

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #34:

A Web Log about “Details Matter” from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Diary,

I was coming back from the health food store the other day in the Phantomobile, when I espied a colorful and eye-catching billboard!  It said, “At 70 miles per hour, details matter”.  Wow, said to myself, wiser words were never spoken!  Just then I saw that the billboard was put up by my good friend Chip Wood!  It was my friends at Tire Discounters spreading the good word!

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #33

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity

Dear Diary,

I was in line recently at my local grocer’s, when I happened to overhear a conversation between the husband and wife who were behind me.  “Which tire store was it that we’re going to”, the wife asked.  The husband’s reply cut me to the quick:

“Doesn’t matter.  They’re all alike.”

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)

Self-driving vehicles may be a few years away from road domination, but advanced technology systems inside these vehicles are starting to be common place in new vehicles. These features are called Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and are designed to automate, adapt and enhance vehicle systems for safety and better driving.

These safety systems are specifically designed to avoid accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems, or to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards. From automatic parking, to lane departure warnings to blind spot monitoring, these new systems are improving safety for all drivers.

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The Diary of the Phantom Tire Buyer #32

A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity!

Dear Diary,

When I was a young Phantom, my formative years involved a lot of tinkering with alignment racks, mastering hand-torquing and learning the ins and outs of computer spin-balancing.  With all that, I would sometimes congratulate myself on my new found technical “wizardry”.

My friends, I was naïve.  Recently, my good friend, Chip Wood, invited me to see Tire Discounters’ latest industry-leading innovation:  a complex system designed to re-calibrate Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, aka, ADAS.  Wow!  Just wow. 

The Phantomobile has many years and miles on it, so it wasn’t until I experienced a ride in a 2018 vehicle that I gained a true appreciation of today’s ADAS system.  I was running some errands with my beloved Aunt Millie, when she pulled aside to attempt to parallel park into a very tight space.  “Oh, I don’t know if we’ll fit in that space, Auntie”, I said.  She responded by smiling broadly, pressing a button and lifting her hands off the wheel!  Well, you sophisticated readers know what happened:  the car parked itself!

I don’t pretend to be an expert on ADAS, but I met one at Tire Discounters.  Mr. Dave Cahill knows these systems backwards and forwards.  It was he who informed me that the systems operated with finely tuned cameras and sensors, and if this equipment wasn’t working properly it could endanger the safety of the driver and passengers. 

So my friends, if your car is equipped with one or more ADAS systems, I implore you to call my friends, the experts at Tire Discounters!

5 Best Spring Break Road Trip Tips

No matter how much care and effort you put into planning, a road trip never seems to go exactly as planned. You might forget your most important item, even if you have a strict packing list. Your child might be prone to car sickness, which might make you queasy, too. Or… and this is a big one… you might get a flat tire.

While we can’t prevent all of the unexpected (or icky) from occurring, we can help you get your tires and car in tip-top shape to tackle your big trip. Here are a few tips to help:

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance 101

Many drivers are preparing for spring break or getting a head start on planning summer travels. What you may not notice is the effect winter and cold temperatures have had on your vehicle. There may be some hidden issues that become unexpected road trip issues.  Here are five tips to keep your car, and family, safe on the road this spring:

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