Cold weather is coming, and that means a wintery mix of snow, sleet and ice on the roads.
Are your tires ready to handle those road conditions? The right maintenance on your vehicle along with preparation can be a lifesaver in harsh conditions!
Here are 3 things to know about winter tires:
1. All-season tires are not the same as winter tires.
All-season tires are ideal for mild road conditions, but can become stiff and have decreased traction when the temperature dips below 40 degrees. Winter tires are made with a special rubber that works better in cold temperatures.
The tread on winter tires is also made to handle the snow, ice and slush as well as frigid temperatures.
2. Check tire pressure regularly.
Have your tires rotated and the air pressure checked when the tires are still cold. Air expands when it’s hot, which means they will lose a couple pounds of air pressure when the temperatures are really cold.
You also improve your gas mileage and your vehicle will handle and stop better when you maintain the recommended tire pressure.
Tire pressure can decrease drastically in colder months, which can result in decreased traction, handling and durability.
3. Winter tires don’t have to be expensive
There are many winter tire options that are affordable. Seasonal tires are a great way to get ready for changing road conditions or to get your vehicle ready for double duty. Take care of each set of tires and wheels you own and get the most effective life for your money.
Clean your wheels with mild detergent before you store them, and make sure they are completely dry before you put them away for the season. You want to store your wheels fully inflated, and stacked flat - not standing up.
You can’t do much about the weather, but you can improve your chances of getting to your destination safely in any type of winter condition!
Moore Tires, www.mooretires.com