While the abundance of pumpkin-spiced everything in the fall might soften the cold weather blow for some, it does nothing to prepare your car for the ice-covered roads ahead. One of the best ways you can prepare your car for this winter battle is to practice routine tire care. Though taking care of your tires doesn’t guarantee safe winter driving, it definitely increases the chances of staying on the road. Make sure you follow these tire care tips to keep your car on the road!
Proper inflation is important. As the temperature begins to drop, so does your tires’ pressure. Checking your tire pressure is an important step in routine tire care. While you can do this by yourself with a tire gauge and the knowledge of the correct tire inflation, which can normally be found inside the driver’s side door jam, many tire stores will check and refill tires for free.
Check your tire tread. The tire’s tread is what keeps your car from hydroplaning and can increase the grip your car has on the road. When tires age, they tend to go bald—kind of like your father. Ensure your tire tread is just right and try the penny test. Simply take a penny with Abraham Lincoln’s head facing down and stick it into your tires tread. If the top of Abe’s head is visible, your tires need to be replaced.
Rotate, rotate, rotate! Rotating your tires on a routine basis—usually every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, will help you maximize your tires’ lifespan, while also keeping your car better balanced, which means better handling.
If you have any questions about routine tire care or would like to schedule an appointment with a mechanic, contact Rothrock Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram today!