Tire care is needed no matter what time of the year. Each tire of your vehicle should be inspected on a regular and frequent basis. With colder temperatures comes the chance of the air pressure decreasing as well. You will want to make sure that the tires are properly inflated when you drive. Driving on a tire that is too low can do significant damage. The tire can wear incorrectly, the rims may be damaged, and there is an increased chance the tire blows out. You will want to check to make sure the tires are inflated to the amount that is indicated in the vehicle owner’s manual. You can also contact us, and we can tell you how much air should be in the tires. If you are getting an inconsistent reading, bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure for you as well.
Check the Tread
Along with the air pressure, you will want to check the tires for how they are wearing. Checking the tread is helpful because the tread will grip the surface of the road. If tread is worn, you may experience poor handling, even on ideal road conditions. Placing a penny upside down in the tread groove is a quick way to check the tread wear. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread is too shallow. You may notice as well on how the tread wears around the tire, or even compared to other tires. If one tire has tread worn down on one side, having a tire rotation can be helpful.
You will also want to remember to slow down if you see any bumps or objects on the road. Hitting them at full speed can risk damage to the tires. If you hit a curb at a faster speed, you can increase the chance of damage to the tire. So make sure to slow down, and drive with caution this winter.