Wheels Wednesday!

BREAKING NEWS: Tires and wheels are NOT the same thing.

Okay, yes, I know that for many of you this is old news, if not common knowledge. But hey… I’m a college educated car geek and I’ve been using the two words interchangeably since the dawn of time… well, my time at least!

I’m embarrassed that I didn’t really get the difference until recently, but I know i’m not alone. So for those of you who are unclear of the differences and are in the same boat as myself, let’s get the difference straight once and for all.

Take a look at the ridiculous Hummer H3 above. Those strange, wooden contraptions holding it up aren’t tires, but wheels. The same wheel design that was invented during the stone age, and the same design that was found pre-automobile on carriages.impp_1002_01_o+honda_civic_si_projector_headlights+rims-shot

These days, wheels are commonly referred to as “rims”. And believe it or not, fools spend THOUSANDS upon thousands getting completely chrome rims for their cars. They’re super popular with rap stars, as you may have heard once or twice in their songs.




Our Tires, on the other hand, are those textured, easy to puncture rubbery protectants that go AROUND our wheels. Tires give our wheels traction and allow us to successfully move on snow, dirt, water, etc.

It’s easy to get them confused (as I did) because, in all fairness, they are wheel shaped.

Roll on, guys!


Snow Day!


My 2010 Ford Mustang Premium, pre-storm.

Well our snowy, relentless New England winter continues. I can’t even back out of the garage today without getting stuck, making my hour-long commute to College absolutely impossible.

Oh the struggle of Rear Wheel Drive! Luckily, I have my Mother’s Subaru today.

If you absolutely need to be on the roads after (or, god forbid, during) a storm in a RWD car, try these tips:

  • Snow tires. Obvious, I know. Cars that are more on the sporty side (like my Mustang) tend to have tires that are more suited for a summer highway drive than a slushy, post-storm road. You’re going to need a lot more grip and traction on your tires if you’re to survive the roads easily, which snow tires do offer. They can be on the pricey side (which is why I don’t own them yet, personally), so I would reccomend purchasing them in the Spring or Summer when they are likely to be on sale.
  • Put the junk in the trunk. In order to greatly reduce fishtailing and sliding you need to put weight in your trunk. Sand bags are a perfect option, but basically anything that is heavy enough will do the job. Just make sure you aren’t adding too much weight, otherwise you’ll be taking “two-wheel drive” to a whole other level!
  • Kitty litter? Yes, kitty litter. If you’re caught in a icy jam in your driveway and can’t move, sprinkle kitty litter around the base of your tires and make a path behind the tires, as well. It’ll give your tires something to grip on, and with a little gas you should be able to make it out. If you don’t have a feline companion, then regular sand will do just fine!
  • Always have a shovel. Keeping a shovel in the trunk isn’t just for mafiaso! If you’re snowed in away from home (like I always tend to be at work), then dig yourself out! There’s plenty of compact shovels available in stores that can be easily stored in your trunk.
  • Prepare for the worst. Even with the best preparations, shit still tends to hit the fan. Always keep a gas can in the trunk in case you get stuck after running out of fuel. if you are low on gas (as I always am guilty as charged) then you run the risk of having your fuel freeze over. So to be safe, always keep AT LEAST half a tank during the winter. Equally as important is your warmth. I always keep a giant down comforter in the trunk, just in case. And ladies… keep your phone charged. You can’t call AAA on a dead battery.