As spring arrives, there are a few things you should check on your vehicle. This is a good time to get your vehicle back into shape after a tough season facing frigid temperatures, snow, ice, and now potholes. There are some spring car tire tips to get your vehicle ready for the upcoming road travel season. The tires are important because they are the only part of the vehicle that makes direct contact with the surface of the road.
Some people delay or do not bother removing their winter tires. While winter tires offer impressive traction on snow and ice, they often compromise stopping performance on dry and wet roads, do not handle as well as all-season tires, and wear out quickly. If you have your winter tires on dedicated wheels, be sure to wash the tires and wheels thoroughly to remove winter salt spray that can cause wheel corrosion and store them in a cool, dry place.
Roads filled with potholes can make winter driving tough on the suspension of your vehicle. Whether you had winter or all-season tires on your vehicle, check the evenness of the wear across the width of the tread. If you observe uneven tire wear, you might need a wheel alignment. Ignore it and your tires will wear out quickly and need to be replaced sooner than you thought.
With spring and summer around the corner, you will want a tire that can resist hydroplaning in heavy rain and slide on slick, wet roads. To check if your tires are well worn, try the penny test. This is a good tool to determine how much performance you have left. Place the penny upside down in the groove of the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, then the tread has worn down and the tire should be replaced.
Make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the tread of the tires for you. We suggest buying four new ones at a time for the best balance of handling and dry and wet grip. Then rotate your tires routinely to promote even wear. But if you are like many drivers who do not rotate tires regularly and need only two new ones, then be sure to have the new tires placed on the rear of the car for secure handling. Also remember to check the inflation of the tires regularly. Under inflated tires can cause heat build-up. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can check the air pressure for the tires for you. This will help ensure they rotate efficiently when you drive.