When fall swings around in many
parts of the country, it cools off and gets wet all at once, which can be a
hazard to you on the road. With winter ahead and massively fluctuating
temperatures in between, now is the time to ensure that your vehicle is safe to
drive and capable of handling anything that nature throws at it. At Tires By
Web, we're well aware of all the seasonal challenges our customers face. Here
are some of our tips for keeping your car in shape this fall:
Incorrect pressure in a single
tire can put undue strain on all of your tires and cause you a blowout on the
road. Best case scenario: you have a spare and know how to change tires, the
weather's good so you aren't braving the elements, and your only worries are
the time and effort that the work takes; worst case scenario: you lose control
and hit someone when your tire blows. For most people, a lengthy wait for AAA
is probably the likeliest scenario. None of these things is particularly
appealing, either from a scheduling or financial standpoint. Checking your
pressure and ensuring that all tires are properly and evenly filled can prevent
every one of these situations.
If your tires are too worn down,
they lose almost all traction and are more likely to hydroplane over water and
snow, which could be incredibly dangerous. One of the easiest ways to tell if
your tires are getting worn is to measure your tread depth. The nice thing
about this is that it can be easily done at home using a penny. Simply take the
penny and place it in the treads with Lincoln's head facing down. If Lincoln's
head is completely visible, it means that there is 2/32" or less of depth
left, and you definitely need to replace your tires. A similar test can be
performed with a quarter to determine whether your treads are at or below 4/32".
At this level, you may want to replace tires if you deal with a lot of wet or
snowy weather. Remember to test different parts of the tire, as well, as it can
wear more in some areas than others.
Decide Whether You Need
When replacing your tires, you should consider whether to purchase
specialty ones while you are at it. For instance, if you drive a lot of rugged
roads and your previous tires weren't really up to the task, you might want to invest
in something like Wild Country Sport tires
. Or if you deal with a lot of
snowy conditions in winter, getting special studded snow tires might be a smart
option. Make a decision based on your normal driving habits and environments.
Fall and winter mean a lot of
rain, falling leaves, and snow; if you can't clear them from your windshield,
driving will be not only dangerous, but practically impossible. That's why now
is a great time to check your wipers for flaws and change them out for new
ones, if necessary. Look for cracks in the rubber or uneven windshield
clearing, and replace the wipers if you notice these things.
Your heater may not seem that
important while the temperatures are still warm during the day, but once it
starts getting into the 40s – with nighttime temperatures in the 20s and 30s –
your heater can literally be a lifesaver. The last thing you need is for it to
fail while you are in the middle of a snowstorm, so it's smart to check the
heater now, before it's actually put to the test. Run the heater to make sure
that it's still working properly, and if you notice that it isn't getting that
warm, take it to a mechanic.
Have Your Brakes
Getting new tires is only half the
battle against skids this fall; your brakes have to be working in the first
place. If they fail while you are on the road, no matter the weather, it could
be disastrous for your car, your health, and your insurance rates. Bring your
car to your shop and have them test and tighten your brakes as needed.
Fall and winter weather are
well-known threats to your car's battery. All of the damp can corrode the
material of the housing, lead to a failure, and leave you stranded. Take a look
at your battery, and bring it to the shop if you notice any visible deterioration.
Also, can you remember the last time that the battery was replaced? If it was
only a year ago, you're probably fine; if the battery is four years old or
older, you should have it checked out.
These are just some of the main
ways that you can ensure smooth and safe driving this fall and winter. If you
need new tires to help with this, check out our inventory at Tires By Web. Not
sure which tires to get? Call us today at 1-800-576-1009
to discuss your needs!
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