Today we are here with our last installment of our Pre-Winter Car Care Series and we are ready to discuss tires.  The tires on your vehicle are obviously always very important to your safety, but during the winter months  the tires’ condition become exceedingly more important.  So, we have 2 quality tests for your tires to ensure that you will be safe on the road. 

Tire Tread

First thing first, make sure there’s enough tread on your tires as you head into snow season. When traveling through the white stuff it’s imperative that you have the deepest grooves possible.  Tires are a big investment in the grand scheme of vehicle ownership but, we can’t stress enough that the worn tires on which you might have skated by in summer will put you into the ditch when your driving through a blizzard.  Adequate tire tread is essential because it is pivotal for maintaining control of your vehicle especially when you are dealing with snowy or icy pavement.  For the longest time Lincoln was the go to man for ensuring your tire tread is up to par.  But, we are here to tell you that Washington is the new Lincoln. You should forgo the traditional penny and do a tire tread test with a quarter. If you can see the top of the general’s head, it’s time for a new set of tires.

Tire Pressure

Tire pressure drops one PSI, or pound per square inch for every 10 degree drop in temperature, according to AAA.  So, we recommend beginning to check your tire pressure on your spare and the rest of your tires once a week as the seasons change and the temperature begins to drop.  See if you have enough with a tire pressure gauge, here’s how.  It is one of the cheapest tools you can own, and with an under-inflated tire you will not “bite” through snow down to the pavement as well as one at pressure can.

The Tire Results Are in. . .

So, if your tires past the two tests above you are ready for the winter season, but if not you should really consider a new set of tires.  There really isn’t a better to time to buy then now at the 

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or perhaps Nitrofill for your tires so you don’t have to worry about the change in temperature dropping your tire pressure.  If you would like to see the benefit of NitroFill check out our earlier blog post here

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments section below.  

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