Winter tires and tire maintenance

all-season tires

As winter is approaching, make sure that you have the tires changed before that. Scheduling a tire change should be done before the snow comes, as then it is too late. You are already increasing the chance of being in an accident if you have to drive with all-season tires to the tire service station to get them changed then. This should have already been done and should be done already as the temperatures start creeping below 45 degrees Fahrenheit as night temperatures. If you have your tires stores in the tire service station’s tire storage, the change can be done quickly, and you can book a time for a tire change online.

You have to follow certain dates from when you have to have winter tires mounted on your car. If you have studded tires, you also have dates from when earliest mount the tires, so this kind of defines your time window, and you can plan the change ahead of time so that you get a time that is convenient for you. Don’t worry about changing tires too early; you should worry more about changing tires too late. An early change is not dangerous; the worst thing that can happen is that the wear is slightly higher during warm temperatures than during cold temperatures. However, driving with all-season tires in winter conditions due to a too-late change is associated with dangers. You will have very limited grip as your all-season tire turns hard and loses a lot of the key properties it needs to keep you safe while driving.

When the temperature goes below 45 degrees, the winter tires become superior to all-season tires, even if you don’t have any snow or ice. So don’t blindly wait for the snow to arrive; just follow the temperature, and you will be safe and hopefully change the tires in time.

Before changing to winter tires, make sure that they have sufficient remaining tread depth. The tread depth should be a minimum of 5/32 inches. You also need to make sure that you check the tire pressure. The tire pressure also changes with temperature, so a big decrease in temperature will also decrease your tire pressure. So make sure that you check it regularly when you stop at the gas station so that you get the best performance out of your tires.

Driving with low tire pressure can be a costly affair, as you both increase the tyre wear and the fuel consumption. It is worth noticing that the pressure varies with temperature as per the Ideal Gas Law, so it won´t stay constant and thus needs to be checked from time to time. This is important before long drives, where you want to make sure that you have the best safety without wasting money. Properly inflated tires will have the best performance regardless of if you are using your all-season or your winter tires. So that you can tackle tricky conditions like wet or snowy roads.

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