It’s that time of season! We’re getting ready for snowfall and that means getting our vehicles ready as well.
When freezing temps arrived, you might have noticed the light for your tire pressure appearing on your dash. As the temps fluctuated, that light might have also switched between on and off. Due to that, some people choose to ignore it. However, checking on your tires is a huge part of regular vehicle maintenance and essential for winter driving. Be sure to do these two essential tasks:
- Maintain ideal tire pressure. This helps you get better mileage and prevents uneven tread wear, so your tires last longer. When temps drop by 10 degrees, they change the pressure in your tires by 1psi. Consider the temps of this summer compared to now – it’s definitely dropped by more than 50 degrees. A loss of 5 psi usually tips off your tire pressure light.
- Check your tire tread. Do the penny test by inserting one into your tire tread with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, then it’s time for new tires. If there’s more noticeable wear in the middle, that means they’re too inflated. More wear on the sides means they need more air. Ultimately, low tire tread will affect your traction on slippery roads, so this is an especially important check-up.
- Replacing tires entirely. The tread tire and pressure may sometimes not be valid if your tires are completely worn down. Don’t risk driving in cold and slippery conditions if you know your tires aren’t up to quality driving standards – switch them out with snow tires!
If you have more questions about your tires, feel free to stop in at the shop or give us a call.
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