The winter can be tough on your tires. Between icy roads, potholes, and fluctuating temperatures, your tires will go through a lot. This week, we’ll talk about what you should do to take care of your tires in the winter, and how wheel alignment and tire rotation in Baltimore can keep you in good shape.
Winter Tire Care Tips
The ability of your tires to grip the road is important at any time of the year, but especially in winter when roads can get slick. Make sure your tires have enough tread to get a good grip on the pavement. A commonly used way to check is the penny test: take a penny and insert it into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the tread doesn’t meet the top of his head, you don’t have enough.
However, keep in mind that while this is a popular way to check your tread, you still might not have enough even if your tires pass the test. If the top of Lincoln’s head is just barely covered by tread, this is still not much to work with. Better to use a dedicated tread depth measurement tool. 1/16 of an inch is about as low as you should let it go. If you’re at or below this level, consider investing in new tires for the winter.
The cold winter temperatures mean your tires will lose pressure faster. Low tire pressure is associated with faster wear on the tires, and poorer handling, both of which are problems. Check and adjust your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter to keep it at the recommended level. You can find the level in your owner’s manual or on the inside of the driver’s side door when you open it up.
Misaligned wheels cause your car to pull to the left or right, and this tends to get worse over time. Not only is this a hassle to drive with, but it causes your tires to wear unevenly and faster, meaning they won’t last as long as you expect them to. Get wheel alignment in Baltimore to correct for a car that pulls to the left or right and to extend the life of your tires.
Tire rotation is the process of rotating the location of the tires on your car. For example, the front right will be moved to the front left, the front left moved to the back left, and so on. This is to accommodate for the uneven wear which is natural on your front vs. back tires (front tires wear faster). Getting regular tire rotation in Baltimore ensures that your tires will wear evenly over time.
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