Your Winter Car Checklist: Your Tires

As we move into the winter months, we’re going to be updating our blog with different systems and components you need to check in your car to make sure it’s running properly for the winter season!

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No matter what season we’re transitioning to, you should always check your tires. Sudden drops in temperature will cause your tires pressure to decrease, which means you should have an air pressure gauge on you and be familiar with how to fill your tires with air.

Driving conditions tend to worsen in the winter due to the combination of snow, sleet and rain. Worn tires can be danger in winter weather. Examine your tires to ensure they have enough tread left and don’t suffer from uneven wear or any cuts or nicks. Be sure the check your spare and jack, as well.

You might choose to switch your tires in the winter to snow tires or winter tires. When the temperature is consistently around freezing or below freezing, the rubber compounds in non-winter tires harden which decreases the tire’s ability to grip the road. Winter tires use special compounds engineered to resist hardening in cold temperatures and provide better traction. Mounting winter tires can give you an advantage when driving through snow, sleet or icy conditions. If you do want to switch out your tires to winter tires. make sure your change all four tires.

Also if you plan on driving in snowy conditions often this winter, keep chains handy in your car and know how to install them.

At TLC, we can help you with any of your winter tire needs, including checking air pressure, replacing tires or helping you choose the right tires for your vehicle. Schedule an appointment now to be prepared for when the weather gets very cold!