Winter is coming! If you live in a climate where colder weather brings snowy and icy roads, then you should know how difficult these road conditions can be on you and your car. During this time, what was a simple drive to school or work becomes dangerous if you are not prepared. It’s important to make sure that your car and your tires are equipped to drive in slippery conditions with low visibility. Many accidents occur on slippery roads and colder temperatures; to prevent this, your vehicle needs to be in top shape. Here are some tips to help you prepare your tires for the winter weather:
Check Your Tire Tread
The tread on your tire is what gives them traction on the road. Checking the tread on your tires should be the first step you take when preparing for winter, and this includes checking the spare tire. It is recommended that you check your tread at least once a month and if any tires have uneven or excessive wear, then it should be replaced. The tread on your tires also determines your vehicle’s stopping distance. So if the tread is low, you would have a shorter stopping distance than a car with proper tread.
Check Your Tires Inflation and Pressure
It’s important to check your tire pressure before and during winter. Colder weather will lower your tire’s pressure, and tires that do not have the correct air pressure results in a vehicle that is harder to handle, which is dangerous. The recommended tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker inside your car door or in the owner’s manual. You can use a tire pressure gauge to check and should keep one in your car for subsequent check-ups.
Invest in Winter Tires
Colder temperatures cause tires to become hard and lose their traction, even if roads are dry. Winter tires or snow tires work in colder weather even when there is no ice or snow on the ground. Even all-season tires may lose grip in frigid weather. Winter tires can give you a 25-50% increase in traction over all-seasons, which might be enough to save you from an accident. Winter tires will give you a lot more control than all-season tires in cold weather that involves snow or ice. Snow tires are made from more pliable material than all-seasons, so they can maintain contact with the road no matter what temperature it is.
Your mechanic at Evolve Auto can help you decide which options are best for you when it comes to preparing for the upcoming winter season. It all depends on the weather in your area and what vehicle you own.
Even though preparing your car for the winter takes some work and time, in the long run, it will benefit you and your family by keeping you safe. Follow these tips to ensure that you are doing everything you can to keep safe on the winter roads.