A Web Log about treadwear from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity
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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A Web Log about “Details Matter” from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity
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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A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity
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:
They’re all alike.”
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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
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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Safety is everything. At Tire Discounters, we want you to be aware of all safety systems that vehicles are equipped with today. We thought you might enjoy the following article that appeared in Consumer Reports.
A Web Log from A Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity!
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!
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:
Filing taxes make you feel… well… taxed? We’re with you on that. However, with a refund check on its way, now is the opportune time to make an investment in your vehicle.
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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:
A Web Log from A
Phantom Tire Buyer with a Secret Identity
Yesterday I had the delightful duty of babysitting for my 5
year-old niece. She loves to sit and
listen to her Uncle Phantom discuss things like tire tread siping, optimum tire
pressure, and the dangers involved in putting new tires on a mis-aligned
vehicle. At least, she seems content to
listen as long as she’s holding “Kitty”, her stuffed companion, and munching on
popcorn and sipping hot chocolate.
I was segueing into the topic of the dramatic increase of
women who have chosen tire industry as a rewarding career path, when her eyes
“I already know what I want to be”.
wonderful,” I replied. “A Tire
Discounters employee, no doubt?”
“My first choice is that I want to be an archeontologist.”
“I don’t believe I know what that is.”
She rolled her eyes.
“They dig up old rocks and stuff!”
“Oh. That sounds
“And if I can’t do that I want to be teacher.”
“Just like your Mommy!”
“And if I can’t be one of those I’ll be a doctor.”
I must say that I was somewhat disappointed about her lack
of desire to join the tire and service industry, but – when being a doctor is
your fall back position I suppose you’re on a pretty good track.