Driving a pickup truck is all about being prepared for whatever comes your way. And while a great pickup gets you a long way, sometimes the tires you choose can make all the difference. Below we break down the different types to help you determine the best tire type for your pickup truck.
All-season tires are the most common tire type for most vehicles. In fact, your pickup probably came from the dealership with all-season tires installed. All-season tires are on-road performance focused and provide good — but not always optimal — performance all year round.
All-terrain tires offer a balance between on- and off-road performance, making them a great choice for drivers who take their pickups off-road sometimes but do plenty of on-road driving, too.
Mud-terrain tires are best for drivers who use their pickup truck mostly for off-road driving, as they offer excellent off-road performance but don’t perform as well as other tire types in normal on-road driving conditions.
Finally, snow or winter tires are made of special rubber compounds that remain soft and durable even in sub-freezing temperatures, making them a great seasonal choice for pickup drivers in areas with cold winters.
Nothing will derail a summer road trip faster than blowing a flat or having your vehicle break down on the side of the road. Setting aside the anxiety of potentially losing well-earned vacation time, you have to then worry about what happens when you call for a tow. Fortunately, if you know what to expect when you’re getting towed, you’ll realize that there really isn’t all that much to worry about.
Your first step should always be to make sure that you’re visible — especially if it’s darkening out or there’s inclement weather. Turn on your hazards and break out your flares or other emergency indicators to make sure that your presence is clear to other drivers and the tow truck.
While you wait, you’ll want to make sure that you have all the essential paperwork — license, registration, proof of insurance, and any membership information for an applicable roadside assistance program. Remain in the vehicle until the tow truck driver arrives and don’t try to make any repairs you don’t know how to perform correctly.
The Richland and Wayne County areas have some fun spots to help you enjoy the summer. We at Aber’s Truck Center recommend these places to take your truck in central Ohio to enjoy the sunny weather.
Pleasant Hill Lake Park
Put your truck to work towing a boat or jet skis to the massive 800-acre Pleasant Hill Lake. Spend the day water-skiing or racing around on jet skis. Take the boat out for a relaxing day fishing for bluegills, bass, and many other species.
The historic farmlands of Pulitzer-prize winning author Louis Bromfield provide hiking trails, beautiful vistas, and fascinating history, like being the place of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall’s wedding.
Camp on the Malabar Farms grounds or visit one of the exciting Barn Dances or Night Haunts. On July 6 and Aug. 3, come to the Main Barn for live music with square and line dancing. Beginners are welcome. And on June 15, July 20, and Aug. 17, explore the paranormal until midnight with stories of murder and haunted houses.
Monster Truck Mania
Head to the Mansfield Motor Speedway on June 15 for Monster Truck Mania. Spend the evening cheering on the massive beasts as they race, jump, and flip right in front of you. General admission is $25 and children’s tickets are $15.
If you’re towing jet skis or hauling camping equipment around central Ohio, choose a reliable, affordable truck from Aber’s Truck Center.
Bedliner is used on the bed of a truck to protect the surface from damage from contents and to create a skid-resistant surface to keep cargo from sliding around. Most often, bedliners are made of plastic and fit into the bed, but liquid spray or roll-on liners are becoming more popular.
Applying spray liner is like using spray paint, which means it can look great when it’s done right, but it requires a lot of preparation to make sure it sprays on cleanly and evenly. The bed needs to be washed and sanded to create a smooth, even surface, and it has to be sprayed in specific, varying patterns to avoid some spots coming out darker than others. Spray bedliner tends to have a better anti-skid surface.
Roll-on bedliner is a less-exact science. Painting your bed with roll-on liner is just like using rollers to paint a wall, so there’s less of a chance of making a mess, though it is easier to miss spots with this method. You can mess up with roll-on bedliner and it will still look good when it dries. So, if you don’t feel like being meticulous, go with the roll-on.
For more information about bedliners or if you have other questions about trucks, talk to the experts at Aber’s Truck Center.
Do you ever have those moments where you see something new
and marvel, “That is so cool!” That’s how we reacted when we saw the new GMC Transparent
Trailer View that’s arriving on the redesigned 2020 Sierra HD trucks later this
year. It essentially makes your trailer invisible on the display screen so you
can see what is coming up behind it — much like the cloaking abilities you see
in science fiction films.
Transparent Trailer View is part of the ProGrade Trailering
System. It uses a tailgate-mounted camera and a rear camera on the trailer to
stitch together a virtual view of your surroundings on the screen. This view is
one of 15 different views that will help give you more visibility while towing.
“Trailering is the most important consideration for Sierra Heavy Duty customers, and the new features and technologies in the 2020 Sierra HD make it easier than ever to hitch a trailer and tow it confidently,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, vehicle chief engineer of GMC Heavy Duty Trucks. “We’ve developed this new truck to offer the greatest trailering experience ever offered by GMC.” GMC will take much of the advanced trailering technology you can find in the current 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 and incorporate it into its next-generation of heavy-duty trucks. However, with some unique new additions like the Transparent Trailer View, the GMC Sierra HD trucks coming next year will revolutionize towing functionality. Check the system out when the 2020 Sierra HD models arrive at Aber’s Truck Center.
If you made the switch to winter tires, it is time to switch
back to your all season set. Winter tires can wear out very quickly once the
temperatures start to rise, so don’t delay this task. It’s also critical to
examine the front axle components for wear and looseness.
Check your fluids and
Check out all of your vehicle’s fluids and change them out
or top them off as needed. You should also inspect all of the filters to ensure
If you used your truck as a snow plow, you probably had a lot
of work this winter. Once you get the plow taken off, check your truck’s
battery. It is also a good idea to inspect the brakes and transmission, too.
Now that the frigid temperatures are gone, many of us like
to drive with the windows open for some fresh air. However, thinking ahead to summer,
you need to get your air conditioning inspected now before you are stuck
sweltering in a hot truck.
A big part of a pickup truck’s allure is its truck bed and tailgate, and GMC is proving to be tough to beat. GMC recently launched a new advertising campaign, “Step Up Like A Pro,” showcasing the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate. This revolutionary tailgate is offered in the next-generation Sierra, which arrives for the 2019 model year with bold power and grace.
The campaign “Step Up Like A Pro” inspires drivers to step
up to the new Sierra, accepting its premium status in its segment and not settling
for anything less. The MultiPro tailgate is a brand-exclusive feature that
“signals landmark change to the industry” according to Rick Latek, director of
You may ask, what makes the MultiPro tailgate so remarkable?
The new tailgate features “six functions and positions for enhanced second-tier
loading, load-stop solutions and easier access to items in the cargo box.” The
tailgate includes the following functions: Primary gate; Primary gate load
stop; Easy access; Full-width step; Inner gate load stop; and Inner gate with
work surface. The tailgate is incredibly versatile to meet a variety of needs;
the primary gate, on the one hand, can be opened using the key fob, using a
button inside the truck’s cabin, or by using a button on the tailgate itself,
while the inner gate, on the other hand, can be used as a work surface or for
Stop by Aber’s Truck Center to find out more about the MultiPro tailgate. You can also test-drive one of our GMC models.
It might be cold outside, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have any fun. If you want to beat your cabin fever, here are three Ohio winter weekend destinations worth visiting.
Did you know this is the only National Park in Ohio? While just minutes away from Cleveland, it feels like a different world entirely. You can enjoy some winter fun here including sledding, building a snowman, snowshoeing, and even cross-country skiing. Equipment is available to rent at the Winter Sport Center at M.D. Garage.
Inn at Honey Run
If you are looking for a place to escape and really relax, book a weekend at the Inn at Honey Run. This adults-only boutique inn is located in the heart of Amish Country, meaning you really will be away from it all. The venue not only features breathtaking scenery, but fine dining, too.
Butler County Donut
What could be better than sweet pastry filled will cream and covered in sprinkles? If your dreams are filled with donuts, take the family on a grand weekend adventure along the Butler County Donut Trail. You can enjoy sweet treats from a dozen popular donut spots, including Stan the Donut Man, Kelly’s Bakery, and Ross Bakery.
Contact us at Aber’s Truck Center for more winter getaway ideas in Ohio. We’ll be happy to recommend our favorite local destinations.
Harsh winter weather can be brutal on vehicle parts. A well-equipped truck is a great answer for icy roads to ensure your vehicle’s reliability during this season. Here are some strategies for winter-proofing your truck.
Make sure to check important fluids such as the engine oil and coolant. It’s also a good idea to regularly check the battery, to make sure it’s in peak condition to weather winter’s elements. Tire tread is important in providing traction on slick roads, so remember to have a professional technician examine your tires. And make sure to check tire pressure often as rapid changes in temperature can quickly deflate a tire.
Diesel engines — like those available in the GMC Sierra 2500HD and Sierra 3500HD pickup trucks — have numerous advantages. However, these engines do require some extra attention when the temperature turns chilly. When the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a process called “gelling” occurs within diesel fuel. When the temperature falls below 15 degrees Fahrenheit, the fuel solidifies so much that it cannot flow. This can result in damage to the engine. Fortunately, avoiding this is as simple as adding an anti-gelling agent to the fuel.
Contact us at Aber’s Truck Center for more tips on winter maintenance for your truck. We can also schedule a service appointment for your vehicle, to help ensure safe travels this season.