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Are Your Tires Ready for the Change in Seasons?

Winter driving can be dangerous; it?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s critical to have good tires on your car before road conditions get ugly.

Tread

Check your tires to be sure they have an adequate amount of tread on them to get you through the season. Depending on the tires, the tread should be at least 4/32?›ƒ?ª? for good traction in the winter months for good traction. A quick way to test your traction is to place a quarter into a groove in the tire. George Washington?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s image should be standing on its head (head down). If part of Washington?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 4/32?›ƒ?ª? tread depth. Repeat this process several times to make sure your tread depth is consistent around the tire.

Tire Pressure

Different tires and different cars require varying amounts of tire pressure. Sometimes the tire manufacturer and auto manufacturer disagree on the proper pounds per square inch (PSI) required for optimal performance. If you?›ƒ?ªƒ?›ve got a car that recommends 35 pounds and you put 50 pounds in the tires because that?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s what?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s recommended on the tire, it just might set of your safety alarm system. Look on the inside panel of the driver?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s door. There you will find the auto makers suggestion for tire pressure. It?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s best to stick with that.

Studded Tires

Studded tires can be nice for winter driving, but some people put them on too soon. It?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s not necessary to use studded snow tires unless there is actually snow on the ground. They do wear out fast and can make for a rough ride when improperly used.

Tire Sets

When you add winter tires to your car, be sure to add them in sets of four. Having the same tire all the way around the car will allow you better control of your vehicle in winter driving conditions.

Also, avoid mixing tread patterns, internal construction and sizes. Mixing it up can degrade the stability of your vehicle.

Here at Grant?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s Hometown Auto Repair Grant?›ƒ?ªƒ?›s Hometown Repair at 25 West 3200 South, Nibley, UT 84321 we carry a wide variety of tires and want to help make sure your vehicle is safe this winter. Stop by and visit us today for recommendations on improving your winter ride.

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