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Replacing Your Tires: Four Money-Saving Tips

Knowing when to change tires will keep you safe on the road

Even the most sophisticated braking systems won't work if the tires aren't gripping the road. Maintaining your tires and replacing them when necessary is vital to safety.

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Today's scarce automotive supply? Tires

Combine rising raw materials costs, reduced production capacity and manufacturing bottlenecks, and the result for the world of tires is this: not enough hoops to satisfy automaker demand. According to Automotive News, even before The Great Recession hit, a Bridgestone tire executive said that plant closures alone killed 71 million units of capacity in the U.S. New factories and factory expansions are on the way, but they won't run at full power until 2013.

Video: 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

Video: 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

Rubber shortage triggering costlier tires?

According to the man who runs the world's largest producer of natural rubber, demand for the gummy stuff will exceed supply for "at least another two years." The drop in production is said to be due to both droughts and heavy rains, but the result for you is an increase in the price of tires: both Bridgestone and Goodyear have raised their prices already.