Winter Warning: 3 Tire Tips To Prepare You For The Upcoming Season

Before the snow and ice of the winter season arrive, you need to take the necessary steps to get your car in order. There are fluids that you need to check to ensure that they are at the proper levels and electrical components that need to operate as they should, such as the battery and alternator. The tires of the car are very important in the winter, sometimes more important than other parts because they can help to keep you from sliding around if you’re driving on slick roads. There are a few tips to keep in mind before winter so that the tires are in good condition.

Check The Tread

An important feature of the tires is the tread. If your tires have been rotated regularly and properly inflated, then there will be even wearing on the exterior of them. This would mean that the tread should be even on each tire. If one or more tires has tread that is lower than the others, it is usually a sign that the car needs an alignment or that the tires need balanced. You need to get this taken care of as soon as possible before getting new tires put on the car for winter. Snow tires are an option as they have more tread than a traditional tire.

Tire Pressure

In the winter, the pressure in the tires will sometimes decrease because of the colder air. Check the tire pressure on a regular basis. If you see that one tire or more are losing air pressure at a faster rate than the other tires, then you need to see if there is anything stuck in the rubber. Keeping your tires inflated to the proper level will help to extend the life of them, and it can also keep you safe on the road. If you have tires with low pressure, then you risk sliding around more on the road.

Add Chains

An option that you have if you live in an area that sees a lot of snow and ice is to put chains on the tires. The chains will provide the added traction needed while you’re driving. Some snow tires have chains already on them. Make sure you take the chains off when driving in normal weather conditions. A professional company like Evans Tire can usually add chains for you and check the other features as well.

Your tires are an important part of the car. When winter arrives, there will be changes that you might notice. Check the pressure, tread and other aspects of the tires so that you’re safe while driving.

Anica Oaks

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