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14White House bizarrely teams up with NASCAR to promote efficient motoring

"Tires is what wins a race." That was the lesson Harry tried to teach Cole in the stock-car classic Days of Thunder. "If we can't figure a way to run so you don't melt the damn tires, we can't finish a race." How right he was: every NASCAR driver knows that having the right tires can mean the difference between a checkered flag and a DNF, but now the White House is embracing the same message to educate the public about safety and fuel efficiency.

72Just how dangerous are aging tires? [w/video]

Four people were killed in Louisiana back in February, after the tread separated on a ten-year-old SUV tire.

96Scanners embedded in road to result in fines for those driving on worn tires?

Here's a new one. According to AutoExpress, police in the UK are looking into scanners embedded into roadways that can detect the depth of a vehicle's tire tread. If your rubber doesn't meet a set of pre-determined parameters, you could eventually expect to see a fine show up in the mail. Currently, law enforcement says that the technology will only be used in checkpoint scenarios to alert drivers of a potentially dangerous situation, but given that the system costs somewhere around €50,000

15Video: Michelin uses truly disturbing puppets to talk about importance of tire pressure

Michelin uses puppets to explain tire pressure – Click above to watch the video after the jump

39Video: Michelin uses truly disturbing puppets to talk about importance of tire pressure

Michelin uses puppets to explain tire pressure – Click above to watch the video after the jump

18Another automated fine - thanks, HAL

Sure, they'll say it's for safety, driving on excessively worn tires is dangerous, but something more sinister is afoot. German firm ProContour has developed a tire tread depth measuring system that beams a laser at the wheels of passing vehicles and takes 430 million measurements per second to develop a three-dimensional profile of that tire. Tread depth and pattern are then calculated, and if there's less than .06 inches of tread or the pattern is clearly inappropriate (studded snows in the su

13New self-inflating tire constantly under pressure

We all know that keeping your tires properly inflated will prolong their tread life, help you burn less fuel and increase your safety. But finding a working air hose when you're away from your garage is like trying to find a working clock in an early-80's Buick.

11Consumer Reports puts cheap tire monitor under pressure

In September, all new cars sold in the U.S. will be required to have tire pressure monitoring systems. But for all those cars built without them, owners must rely either on their trusty gauge, or one of the new valve-stem monitors. If you've been wondering how well these things work, Consumer Reports has an answer for you.

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