Guilty Until Proven Innocent

If you asked a group of business owners what causes them to lose the most sleep at night, I’m willing to bet that a lot of them would say the fear of being named in a lawsuit is always in the back of their mind. Even though the company has insurance to cover the litigation costs, the thought of losing everything if the award exceeds the coverage is terrifying for an owner.


Fleets are begging for maintenance solutions

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) works to reduce truck crashes and improve safety, the data it collects is a custom road map to a fleet’s problem areas. In a Modern Tire Dealer exclusive article, Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association, writes that the data presents an opportunity for dealers.


CSA and the changing face of truck tire service

Between April 2001 and December 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a Large Truck Crash Causation Study to determine reasons for serious accidents involving vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. The results showed the majority of the crashes were caused by the driver, but lack of vehicle maintenance was also a significant factor.


Perfecting the performance tire balancing act

Today, more people are driving “regular” cars with performance tires. Modern Tire Dealer contributor Kevin Rohlwing discusses in the 2015 Performance Handbook how to satisfy customers who expect their replacement tire to perform at the same level as the OE fitment.


Balancing performance tires

Saying technology has changed over the last decade might be one of the greatest understatements that I’ve ever made. In 2005, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were primarily reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) were options. And people who thought the Blackberry was a smartphone were surprised when the first video was uploaded to a new video hosting service called YouTube.


TIA schedules 2015 CTS instructor training

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) has scheduled the 2015 certified commercial tire service (CTS) instructor training and certification classes in Baltimore, Md. and Denver, Colo.


RMA says yes to mandatory tire registration. TIA says no

How to effectively register tires has been an issue that has placed the Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) and the Tire Industry Association (TIA) at odds on more than one occasion since the late 1970s. It was then that the National Tire Dealers and Retreaders Association (NTDRA), predecessor to today’s TIA, was able to convert mandatory tire registration to a voluntary system.

RSR 1: In this example of the RSR and the template, the yellow lines on the innerliner represent the flex area of the sidewall. As you can see, by centering the repair unit over the injury, the end of the reinforcing plies (represented by the solid white line on the template) are positioned in the flex area, so the patch will probably fail as the result of the flexing.

Tire repair trends

While there might be some debate regarding the first person to say “The only thing that is certain in life is death and taxes” (most attribute it to Ben Franklin), it’s obvious they were not talking about the tire business. Among the many certainties are the loss of tread depth, the dependence on natural rubber, the need for correct inflation pressure, and, of course, flat tires.


4 steps to a safer tire shop

Focusing on four areas in a shop will keep employees safe, a dealership profitable and meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements, according to Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association (TIA).


4 hidden ways to get more profits from mounting and balancing

Selling more mounting and balancing services is a proven way to add to a dealership’s bottom line, but it’s not the only one. Strategies for increasing the profit potential of the services at the heart of a tire dealership fall into four areas, according to several dealers, business coaches and manufacturers. Their suggestions range from rethinking the value of free services to offering dealer-specific tire warranties, tracking tire labor and getting more out of balancing and mounting equipment.


5 new tire technologies for every retailer

What are the five new technologies every tire retailer should know about? Modern Tire Dealer asked Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training for the Tire Industry Association, who says the biggest challenge was narrowing the list down to just five.

Ziegler Tire & Service in Akron, Ohio, promotes the use of run-flat tires at the sales counter.

Five must-follow technological trends

When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous V8 motor, he chose to build an engine with all eight cylinders cast in one block, and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agreed, to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece. Ford replied, “Produce it anyway.”

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