When was the last time you had your tire pressure checked? If it’s been a while, now might be the time to take a look at those all-too important parts of your car that get you from Point A to Point B. It is still relatively warm in most parts of the country, but it will be winter before you know it. If your tires are worn and have lost their tread, it might be a good idea to get new tires now before ice, sleet, and snow make their appearance. In addition to that, you might wonder if you should get seasonal tires for the colder months. Consumer Reports recently provided several tips to keep in mind when making tire decisions this fall. Here are a few things the consumer-centric publication recommended:
Examine Your Tires Very Carefully for Signs of Wear and Tear: Experts recommend using the quarter test to determine the depth of the thread. All you need to do is put the quarter down headfirst onto the tire. If you see the top of the head, you will need to replace the tire or tires as soon as possible to avoid risk when the snow and ice hit.
Consider Whether or Not You Will Need Snow/Winter Tires: On wet and icy roads, traction is greatly affected. If you live in an area where it snows, have snow tires, also known as studded tires, is useful. If you choose not to change out your tires throughout the year, make sure you have all whether tires that are able to adapt to all seasons.
Check Your Pressure Often When the Weather Gets Cooler: You might notice that your tire air pressure light goes on more in the winter. This is no accident. Air pressure drops one psi for every ten degree drop in air temperature. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye on air pressure and check it periodically; especially if you notice that it is colder than usual. Low tire pressure can lead to anything from premature wear of the tire to tread separation, which is something that you definitely don’t want.
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