Tired of talking about your tires?
And we want to share with you some ways in which you can care for your tires this winter and make sure that you get the most life and the best safety out of them all season long.
I’m betting there are a few of these thing you never even realized you could do to care for your tires.
You probably thought tire care mostly revolved around having your husband take your car in and have the tires replaced when they were flat or bald. But there are quite a few different things you can do all year long to care for your tires.
Although in this article we are going to go over 4 things you can do during winter.4 Ways to Care for Your Tires This Winter! Click To Tweet
You think I’m joking here?
I’m not. Slowing down can help you not only avoid getting into accidents when the weather is dicey but it can also help your tires out.
If you slow down a bit while you are driving you can have time to avoid the pesky pot holes that pop up and become monsters during the winter time. Sometimes cars are going so fast that they don’t see it in time to avoid it.
Hitting deep and sharply edged pot holes can cause bubbles to form in between the layers of rubber around your tire. They may not go flat today but you’ve most likely started forming a bubble which could burst at any time or even damaged the actual wheel.
Having damaged wheels can cause vibration and instability while you are driving.
This gets exponentially worse during the winter with ice and snow building up on the road.
Check the pressure
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your tire pressure pretty much all year long. But what is so special about winter?
Well here is a little physics lesson for you, colder air doesn’t take up as much space in your tires as warmer air does. This can cause your tires to be under inflated from the get go and they have the potential to loose up to 1psi a month on top of that.
These under inflated tires get more pressure in the wrong places and can wear out more quickly.
Always consult the tire and your manual for proper inflation levels and keep a Tire Pressure Gauge handy so that you can quickly check the tires even when it is cold out.
Inspect the tread wear pattern
You may have already checked the tire tread depth but did you also know you need to look at how the tread is wearing?You may have already checked the tire tread depth but did you also know you need to look at how the tread is wearing? Click To Tweet
I think this is a topic that isn’t necessary talk about to women with how their car handles but it is very important.
Your tread can wear in a number of ways that indicate other problems and can potentially save you $$ when you keep your eye on it.
If you notice anything outside of even wear across the tire, it’s time to take it in and have it looked at. Or snap a picture and share it with our experts in the Car Savvy Society app. They can help give you advice on your tire wear and what options you are looking at for each issue.
Here are a couple things to look for when it comes to tire wear patterns.
- Are both sides of the tire wearing evenly?
Are there patches of smooth worn tire?
Is the tread worn only down the center?
Or is it worn only down the outsides?
These all indicate different tire problems and possibly suspension problems.
Read the manual
I feel like a broken record. But it’s true.
The best place to start getting to know your car is the manual.
Read through it’s specification on your tires and tire car. Follow it’s advice on maintenance regarding rotation and alignment to properly care for your car’s tires and suspension.
Before you take your car for any long road trip this holiday season be sure to visually inspect your tires. Getting to where you are going and finding a flat or getting stuck between here and there are going to make for stressful holiday travel. Make a little time before heading out to care for your tires this winter.
I promise it will be worth it!
Now it’s your turn!
What tire care questions do you have? Drop them in the comments and we will be happy to help!