TTDA Today
Jun. 25, 2014

Dealers report sales gains year-over-year
Modern Tire Dealer
According to the results of our survey, demand for replacement tires remained strong in April. Indeed, from a volume standpoint, the dealers reported that they sold 1.3 percent more tires in April on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1 percent increase in March and a 0.6 percent increase in February. Volume trends remained strong at the beginning of the spring season, as dealers indicated that consumers replaced tires that were damaged by potholes and opted to prepare their vehicles for summertime travel. In fact, it appears that sales trends remained strong across most of the country.More

Small business lending reaching 'new normal'
ABC News
Banks are making it easier for small businesses to get loans, and they're giving companies better terms and lower interest rates. That's the conclusion of researchers at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., who Wednesday released the results of a survey on small business financing. Forty-four percent of the small businesses surveyed last month said they received bank loans during the previous three months. That's a sizeable increase from 39 percent in February and 34 percent last fall. More

Drum brake service
Tire Review
Although four-wheel disc brakes currently dominate the brake service market, millions of drum brakes are serviced each day in independent tire dealerships. Thanks to their age, many drum brakes present problems, usually related to normal wear, extended age and mileage. Because an incorrectly serviced drum brake can cause noise, pulling, grabbing and pulsation complaints, the following looks at how drum brakes operate and how they can best be repaired.More

Nation's best job growth trims Texas unemployment to 5.1 percent
The Dallas Morning News
Texas employers added more jobs than any other state in May, and if that pace continues, economists say this year could be a record-setting one for the state. Texas saw an increase of 56,400 jobs in May after adding 62,400 in April, the biggest monthly gains in four years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The April figure was revised down from an initial 64,100. The state jobless rate dipped from 5.2 percent in April to 5.1 percent — well below the U.S. rate of 6.3 percent last month.More

Evolving alt-fuel infrastructure
Green Fleet Magazine
Somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania sits what is considered "America's oldest drive-thru gas station," which has been in operation since 1909. When building the station, one can only imagine that the owner heard a number of the same questions and concerns that alternative-fuel infrastructure providers now hear when setting up natural gas, propane-autogas, hydrogen, and electric stations around the U.S. More

Employer hot topics for the summer season
Tire Review
The warmer weather and longer days can only mean one thing – summer is upon us! With the summer season comes a few things in particular that companies need to consider, such as hot weather safety, vacations/flextime, dress code and more. The following are a few hot topics. More

Green car owners overlook low rolling resistance tires
Modern Tire Dealer
The U.S. Department of Energy says up to 15 percent of fuel consumed by a car is used to overcome a passenger tire's resistance to the road. Studies by Green Seal Inc., a nonprofit environmental standard development and certification organization, show low rolling resistance tires can reduce fuel consumption by 1.5 to 4.5 percent. More

7 outstanding content marketing tips for small businesses
Search Engine Watch
Small businesses have historically been slow to adopt the content marketing strategies that corporate marketers use. But as SEO has evolved significantly in recent years, it has become clear that small businesses need to include how-tos, e-books, comparison guides, and other content marketing techniques to remain competitive in the rankings. Whether the content is created in-house or outsourced to an agency, there will be a time when creative ideas for interesting new content become scarce. Here are seven tips for creating outstanding content.More

Tire repair deserves higher status
Tire Business
To most people, even those working at independent tire dealerships, tire repairing likely is not considered one of the most respected or important jobs in the service shop. It should be. Think about it. Is there anything more important to a vehicle owner who has experienced a tire puncture than to have that tire either repaired properly or discarded as scrap if the wound is too severe to fix? The answer, of course, is no, and every tire dealership and tire repair technician should keep that front and center as they establish their tire repair protocol and go about repairing each and every repairable tire. More

Honda, Nissan, Mazda recall 2.9 million vehicles
The Wall Street Journal
Seven major auto makers recently disclosed they combined would recall millions of vehicles equipped with air bags that could explode under certain circumstances without a crash. The moves expand on earlier efforts to find and fix potentially defective air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., and highlight the challenges for auto makers to contain mass recalls. More

Subsidized ACA enrollees in Texas paying lower-than-average premiums
The Texas Tribune
Texans who received financial assistance to purchase health coverage through the federal insurance exchange are paying less in monthly premiums than individuals in most other states using that online marketplace, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Texas declined to create its own state-based insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, relying on a federally managed marketplace instead. More