The cold has finally arrived, and temperatures are falling across our great state. While the cold weather brings along holidays and hot chocolate, low temperatures can have potentially troublesome effects on your car, making your drives less safe. Tires feel the effects of the cold weather the most. Whether trudging through slush or dealing with deflation, proper tire maintenance in cold weather can be the difference between staying safe when the weather gets chilly or ending up in a repair shop. To keep you safe this winter, our team has come up with some great ways to make sure your tires are ready for the weather.
Check the Treads: Keeping your car in contact with the pavement, tire tread works to ensure that vehicles keep traction in a host of weather conditions. When tire treads are deep, they work to create the largest area of contact possible with the road, helping to shorten stopping distances as well as maintaining more control when winter weather occurs. Worn treads decrease traction exponentially, putting you at risk of losing control when the weather turns bad. Use the penny test to make sure your treads are up to the task while regularly rotating your tires to make sure they stay that way.
Properly Inflate: One of the biggest impacts of cold weather on your car is a sharp drop in tire pressure. As the temperatures fall, so does tire pressure, with air pressure dropping as much as two pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Underinflated tires can increase tread wear as well as significantly reducing fuel economy, meaning you may pay more at the pump as well at the shop. Fix this problem before it happens by checking your tire pressure at least once a month.
Brake Check: While not your tires, brake maintenance can play a huge part in making sure your tires stay working properly in cold weather. Underinflated tires and bad brakes make a dangerous combination, increasing the distance it takes to come to a complete stop. Most brakes come with a safety feature that makes noise when worn, letting the driver know it is time for a new set. If your brakes are telling you its time for a change, listen.
If you have been in an accident and need repairs, talk to us! At Steve Landers Collision Center, we want to get you and your car back on the road as quick as possible! Our front office will help to save your sanity by working with your insurance, while our factory-trained technicians work to get your vehicle back to manufacturer specifications. Stop by the shop, call us at (501) 703-0276, or fill out our online form to get started today!
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