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My Uvalde Experience, part 1

My fabulous experience at the Uvalde Proving Grounds was sponsored by the great folks at Continental tires.

Uvalde, TX - Apr 12, 2014:  Guest of Continental Tire North America, Inc. take to the track at Uvalde Proving Grounds to test their tires in Uvalde, TX.

If you don’t know me, one thing you should know is that I love muscle cars (like the one in the picture, hint, hint.) I know the importance of tire rotation and maintaining proper inflation according to manufacturers’ standards.

Why do I know all this?

Because taking care of your tires can save you money and saving money is my specialty! However, when it comes to buying tires my brain doesn’t compute. Like many of us, I have to rely on my husband’s knowledge.

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Recently I had the opportunity to visit Continental Tire’s Uvalde Proving Grounds in Texas with an amazing group of colleagues to not only learn (a lot) about their brand spanking new TruContact tire but to also learn first-hand performing different driving tests.

First, we did a wet-braking test. That’s me in the photo above performing the break test with worn tries. Once I hit the brakes as hard as I could (per their instructions) the car slid a good 40 – 50 feet when compared to brand new tires, ¡ay mamá!  That’s the difference between oops and super scary stuff!

Later we saw the difference between having new tires on the front versus having them in the back when hitting a big puddle of water. I was excited about this one until I saw it. Boy, did it bring bad memories. Once upon a time, I had an accident because I hit a puddle of water… needless to say, I was not thrilled about driving. I definitely wanted to record this experience to show you what could happen and why good tires are important!

Don’t let any salesperson convince you that they need to be in the front!

Check out the video so you can see the difference by yourself:



There’s more! But that’s material for another post.

Do you have una amiga that you think this could help her? Remember, friends don’t let friends put 2 new tires on the front wheels. Please share this post with her.

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16 Comments

  1. Eliza Ferree

    April 18, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you for posting this. Honestly I’ve always been told as long as new tires are on the front that’s all you need. I’ve actually been told put the old ones on the back. Love the shot of you testing it out.

    1. yolanda

      April 18, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I thought that too and probably would have not believed it if it wasn’t for this test. The video speaks for itself!

  2. Crystal Green

    April 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    I have always put new tires on the front too. Even my husband has installed that training in me too. I can see the difference too. Thanks for sharing this knowledge with us.

  3. Danielle

    April 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    Sounds like a thrilling experience. And definitely a great way to learn about the importance of good tires.

  4. Mickey

    April 18, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    What a cool experience! That’s really interesting about the tires. I didn’t know it made such a difference.

  5. Terri

    April 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    sounds like a great experience, and i am glad you said that about the tires bc i had no idea

  6. Liz Mays

    April 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I definitely didn’t know that about the tires on the front. That’s great information!

  7. Little Miss Kate

    April 18, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I have honestly never thought about the location of new tires making a difference when you brake.

  8. Robyn

    April 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Wow, this looks like such a cool thing to do! I had no idea about not putting two new tires on the front. Thanks for that tip.

  9. sharon

    April 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Yikes! this reminded me that it’s time to rotate my tires! i try to be diligent about keeping it done, but unfortunately, I often forget! Going to schedule now!

  10. Robin {Mom Foodie}

    April 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Now this certainly looks like a fun day.

  11. trisha

    April 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

    My husband is in fleet management and I def know how important tires are!

  12. Digna D.

    April 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Good info…never knew that about tires.

  13. Jennifer @ Mom Spotted

    April 19, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    My hubby always stays on top of our tire changes! He always makes sure we are safe when we’re driving.

  14. Tracy López

    April 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Wow! This is so valuable to know – it could even be life-saving. Thanks so much for the information, Yoly.

  15. Jamie H

    April 21, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Huh. I never knew where to put new tires. Now I know! What a difference!

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