Examine your tread!
Your tires are one of the most important components of your vehicle. Worn tires may compromise your handling, accelerating and braking during winter driving conditions.
The more tread depth you have on your tires the better. The amount of traction your tires provide will keep you safe on the road. If you’re not sure about your tread depth, use a penny. Insert the edge of the penny into your tire tread with Lincoln going in headfirst. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tires tread, that means there is at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread; if the top of Lincoln’s head is showing, then it is time to replace. To be on the safe side, your tires should exceed the minimum tread depth to maintain safe driving standards.
Other key indicators of possible tire problems are uneven wear, cuts, splits, cracks, bulges, or constantly having to add air. These conditions can turn into major problems if left unchecked or cared for. Winter conditions along with potholes can turn a small problem into a major one pretty quickly.
Tire pressure plays a major role in safe driving and tire performance as well. Ensure that your tires are properly inflated to manufacturer specs. As temperatures decrease outside, so does your tires’ air pressure. Please check your tires’ air pressure regularly during the winter months to ensure safe tire pressure levels.
Should any of these checks reveal the need for required maintenance – or when in doubt about the condition of your tires – please contact us at Stroebel Automotive for professional inspection. 989-781-4307.