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This year, many drivers will need actual tire chains during weather-related road controls on Mt. Rose Highway, Kingsbury Grade and parts of U.S. 50.

The new rules apply to any vehicle unless it is four-wheel or all-wheel drive with snow tires, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.

In the past, snow tires were allowed for any vehicle during some chain restrictions no matter the type of vehicle. The change is specifically for the length of Mt. Rose Highway, Kingsbury Grade and U.S. 50 between Glenbrook and Carson City. Tire and chain requirements won’t change on any other highway corridors, according to NDOT.

How to tell if your tires qualify as ‘snow tires’:

Both Nevada and California define “snow tires” as having special tread for greater traction on a slipper surface AND have a sidewall marking (M-S, M/S, international symbols) indicating that it is an approved all-weather tires. The tire must have at least 3/16 inches of tread depth.

Roadside chain restriction signs have been updated to reflect the change.

The switch to chains is aimed at helping traffic move better – and more safely – around the Tahoe area, according to NDOT. More than 300 crashes have happened on the roads in three recent winters, according to NDOT.

Updated Nevada road conditions, including winter road closures, are available by calling 511 or going to nvroads.com.

Related Articles: NDOT

Happy Holidays

We would like to remind you that no matter where you’re going, if you need our services we’ll be here. Whether it’s tires, an oil change or something more, our ASE certified technicians will keep your vehicle running strong.

3 Safety tips we encourage drivers to keep in mind before any long distance travel.

1. Emergency kit. Be sure to keep a winter emergency kit in the car including a flashlight (check to make sure it works and has extra batteries), booster cables, tools, duct tape, and emergency rain coats (ponchos). Extra supplies to think about packing in the trunk are: snow brush and/or scraper, gloves, water, cloth or paper towels, blankets and extra winter clothing. An emergency meal is not a bad idea as well; MRE or Meal-Ready-to-Eat or other non-perishable snacks.

2. Maintain your vehicle. Always make sure your vehicle is up to date with its maintenance, especially for winter.  If the battery is more than 3 years old, it should be tested. Windshield wiper blades are critical for clearing the windshield for a clear view. Consider replacing your worn out wiper blades with winter or all-season. Remember to keep your washer fluid reservoir full. We are currently offering a FREE Courtesy Winter Vehicle Inspection (click link for related coupon information).

3. Snow tires. If you’re considering getting snow tires, make sure you install them on all four (not just two) wheels.  Otherwise, the front (or back) of your car will respond differently to the road and ice than the other resulting in possible steering difficulties. See this related article for more information about whether to choose Winter Tires vs. Snow Tires.

 

 

Here comes Winter and with it comes weather that can change quickly. We are here to help you be prepared and stay safe.

Jeep_Wrangler_on_snow_1949For this region, we recommend drivers consider replacing their Summer or All-Season tires with Winter or Snow tires, now. Plus, at Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center all new tire purchases are guaranteed for 3 years or 36,000 miles by warranty*.

Don’t be left out in the cold, shop for tires today!exclusive_3-years_36000_mile_warranty-01

Our Winter tires use softer compounds and dedicated tread patterns to provide better traction and performance once the roads are covered in snow.

  • Winter tires perform well on all winter road conditions, not just ice, like studded snow tires.
  • Snow tires stop faster than any other type of tire on ice in freezing temperatures.

Are you debating between a Winter Tire vs. Snow Tire? We’ve got you covered.

Enter for your chance to win $1,000 for completing a tire survey, just shop for tires here. The rules and regulations are detailed.

If you have any questions or would like assistance shopping for tires, please see a location near you and one of our ASE Certified Technicians will be happy to help you.

Gas for Goodness: Supporting Our Communitysparks strong Logo
Every Wednesday in November, we’ll make a ($.01) penny donation to a local charity for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold each Saturday at MST Tire Center on Mill Street. All donations in November will support SPARKS STRONG to benefit the victims of the Sparks Middle School shooting on October 21, 2013.

The purpose of this charity is to help the families affected by the middles school shooting in Sparks, who may not be in a position to pay for their hospital bills themselves. As a community we should come together to help these families that have been impacted by this horrific event.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center will also be donating some vehicle services and gas cards to benefit the charity fundraiser.

Also, donation bins will be available for SPARKS STRONG at our 5 locations around the Reno/Sparks area to benefit the families affected.

An account has been setup at Wells Fargo for the money donations. Go to any Wells Fargo and ask to donate to SPARKS STRONG.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local SPARKS STRONG by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

For more information, please visit: www.SierraCarCare.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Why switch to a winter or snow tire during the winter months?
Winter time presents the most challenging driving conditions drivers will face throughout the year. In addition to the reduced hours of daylight and colder temperatures, drivers must combat winter’s wet, slush, snow and ice-covered roads.Driving in Snow

Having the best tires for these conditions can mean the difference between a slightly stressful journey and ending up in a ditch. Due to the high elevation mountain ranges throughout the state that receive snow on a regular basis, winter in Nevada requires a more reliable tire.

Winter Tires
Winter tires are designed for winter road conditions, including ice, snow, and slush, as well as cold temperatures. Winter tires use softer compounds and dedicated tread patterns to provide better traction and performance once the roads are covered in snow. Benefits of winter tires:

  • They perform well on all winter road conditions, not just ice, as studded snow tires do
  • Deeper tread means that slush and snow fall out of the tire as it rotates, meaning less build-up
  • Noise levels are the same as for all-season tires

Snow Tires
Snow tires are often thought to have the best grip, so many drivers choose them in case they get caught in a slippery situation. This is not always the case. The grip of studded snow tires is best only on ice and when temperatures are near or below freezing. Benefits of studded snow tires:

  • They stop faster than any other type of tire on ice in freezing temperatures
  • Studded snow tires chew up the ice on the roads, creating friction that benefits drivers with non-studded tires

So with a snow tire, you still get chunky tread, a bit less stability on the highway and more noise from the studs, but you do get excellent snow traction. Nevada Law permits the use of studded snow tires from October 1st – April 30th each year.

Stop in for a FREE tire inspection and we’ll top off your windshield wiper fluid.

Yours truly,
Laurie Yarborough
President, Mill Street Tire Center

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Charlie Before Adopt A Vet Dental

Gas for goodness

Veteran’s Day is November 11th. But we’re supporting our local vets all month long. Every Wednesday in November, we’ll make a donation for every gallon of gas sold from our Sierra Car Care/MST Tire Centers. And we’ll donate $1.00 per tire sold, or $4.00 for every set of four on Saturdays at our Mill Street location. All of November’s donations will support Adopt a Vet Dental Program.

AAVD provides free dental care to Northern Nevada’s low-income veterans who are in critical need. Although most of these veterans fought bravely for us in the front lines, they do not qualify for treatment at the VA Dental Clinic.

So when you need gas or new tires, you can also support our local, low-income veterans by visiting any of our 5 locations on Wednesdays for gas and Saturdays for tires (Mill Street location only).

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

Charlie After AAVD with Dr. McElhinney

For more information,visit: www.AdoptaVetDental.com
Thanks for supporting our community!

Do you know a local charity you’d like us to consider supporting?
Email me at:
Laurie@USAFleetSolutions.com

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