Maintaining your Tires in the Winter

Tires are an essential part of making sure that your car is road worthy during the winter. If your tires have inadequate pressure or are worn out they could be dangerous to drive on. Winter conditions are hard enough to handle even if your car has adequate tires and adding dangerous tires to the mix means you could end up in an accident or your car could slide off onto the side of the road. That is why it is so important to make sure that your tires are ready for the winter: safety. Some people will buy new tires every winter to ensure that their tires are road worthy. But for those who can’t afford to buy new tires once a year, there are other ways to make sure that your tires are safe to drive on and ways to check to see if your tires are roadworthy this winter. Read on to see a few tips on how to make sure that your tires are safe to drive on this winter:

Keep Their Pressure Up
During the winter your tires will deflate. This deflation is caused by the drop in temperatures that are experienced in the winter. Deflated tires can be a problem for winter driving as tires that are deflated don’t grip the road as well and create an unbalanced car, which can be hard to handle while driving.

Once the temperatures begin to drop significantly this winter it is important to check the pressure of your tires. In extreme cases you can tell if your tires are deflated just by looking at them. But even if your tires don’t look to be deflated they could be low on tire pressure. To make sure that your pressure is in the range that is safest for your car check your car’s owner’s manual. In there you will be able to see what range the pressure of your tires should be within. Not every car will need their tires to be reflated as the effect that cold temperatures have on tires will differ on a case by case basis. But it is still important to make sure that your tires have enough pressure to be driven on this winter.

Check the Treads
Treads are an important part of your tire. If your treads are worn down then your car won’t be able to grip the road as well. In the winter driving conditions become much more dangerous, especially as the roads can become more covered in ice or snow. These conditions create situations where it is very important for your car to be able to handle well. If your tires are balding then you could easily lose control of your car while driving in the winter. You also need good tires in the winter because other cars may lose control on the road, resulting in an accident. If your tire’s tread aren’t worn out you can maneuver around vehicles that have lost control. If your tire’s treads are worn out then you may not be able to avoid cars that have lost control, resulting in you losing control of your car or even resulting in an accident.

Checking the treads on your tires during the winter is easy. The first step is to visually spot check your tires. If you can visibly notice that your tires look worn down then you will need to have them replaced. Sometimes it can be hard to tell if your tires look worn out so if during the winter you notice your vehicle slipping while you are breaking, take it as a sign that your tires need to be replaced. If your car slides only short distances once or twice while breaking then your car may not need new tires, but if your car has habitual problems breaking in the winter then your tires will need to be replaced.

Your tires are always very important, but they are especially important in the winter. If you notice that your tires need replacing during the winter, visit an expert right away. Waiting to get your tires replaced this winter will only make it harder for you to get around.