Here are Our Top Winter Tire Care Tips

In winter conditions, it’s crucial to make sure that your tires maintain maximum contact with the road, because even the best roads can be hazardous when sleet, snow and slush create a thin sheet of water between your tires and the road -- retaining traction keeps you safer on winter roads.

 

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Here’s some good advice to help you get through winter:

  • Every month, check the pressure in the tires.. If you don’t know the recommended PSI for your tires, look at the label inside the driver-side door. Cold temperatures reduce tire pressure, causing the tire having less contact with the pavement and therefore becoming more likely to hydroplane. Plus, the treads on severely under-inflated tires can trap water if they should become concave. Because heat causes tire pressure to rise, it’s a generally wise to wait to check the tires until at least a half-hour after driving on them.
  • Buy a set of winter tires. The tread compounds in summer tires may become hard in the cold; winter tires feature compounds that are specifically designed to remain soft and maintain their grip, and the larger treads on winter tires provide more road surface contact -- which helps push through snow and ice.
  • Replace your worn-out tires. Old tires can be hazardous on wet roads, since the grooves may not be deep enough to channel water out. If your tires don’t feature built-in wear indicators, try using this trick: insert a penny in the groove with Abe’s head upside down and facing out; if the entire head is visible, you need to get new tires as soon as possible.
  • Slow it down. Probably good advice all year long, but especially so in winter.

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