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Fun Tire Facts you may not have known!

Since its April Fools day, we thought about fooling you, but instead, we gathered some fun tire facts that you may not have known.

The World’s Largest Tire is in Allen Park Michigan.  The tire is a 12-ton, 80 foot-tall tower of rubber that was built to withstand hurricane-force winds.  It served as a Ferris wheel at the 1964-65 New York’s World Fair.  The tire was later moved to Allen Park in 1966 where an urban legend has it that the tire broke loose and rolled across I-94. But there is not evidence of such a thing every happening!

The nature color of rubber is white, not black! Manufactures of tires add carbon black to rubber to increase various qualities that prolong the life of the tire.  The carbon black increase road-wear abrasions of the produced tire by as much as 100 fold. It also improves the tensile strength by as much as 1000% to rubber left untreated.  Carbon black helps conduct heat away from troubled spots, such as tread and belt areas.  Considering heat is one of the tires biggest enemies, this is a great advantage.

Tires are among the largest source of waste, but what is being done about this, is something pretty amazing.  Many tires are being used in the production of hot melt asphalt, this helps improve road conditions and can prolong the life of the road!  Many tires can be retreaded after a thorough inspection. A growing use of old tires are to cut up and made them into flower beds, turf for sport fields, even the construction of “green” buildings in both public and private residences.

Tires are a very important part of most of our daily lives.  They get us where we are going and deliver the goods that we depend on everyday.  So be sure to keep your vehicle’s tire on the top of your mind and check on them regularly, thanks for reading!

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Written on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by
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