Inspecting your tires in winter is crucial for
ensuring your safety on the road. Here's how you
can inspect your tires during the winter season:
1. Check the tread depth: The tread on your tires is what provides traction on slippery surfaces. Use a tread depth gauge or the penny test to measure the depth. Insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln's head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires as the tread depth is too low.
2. Look for signs of wear: Check for any signs of uneven wear, such as bald spots or worn edges. Uneven wear can indicate alignment or suspension issues. If you notice any irregular wear patterns, it's recommended to have your tires inspected by a professional.
3. Inspect for cracks or bulges: Cold temperatures can cause the rubber in your tires to become brittle. Inspect the sidewalls of your tires for any cracks or bulges. If you notice any damage, it's important to replace the tire as it can lead to a blowout.
4. Check tire pressure: Cold weather can cause a decrease in tire pressure. Use a tire pressure gauge to check the pressure of each tire. Refer to your vehicle's manual or the sticker on the driver's side door jamb for the recommended tire pressure. If the pressure is low, inflate the tires to the recommended level.
5. Consider winter tires: Though it's not needed, some drivers here in Michigan consider switching to winter tires during these months. Winter tires are designed to provide better traction and handling in cold weather. They have a different tread pattern and rubber compound that helps improve grip on slippery surfaces.
Remember, proper tire maintenance is essential for safe driving in winter.
If you're unsure about inspecting your tires, it's always a good idea to have
them checked by a professional mechanic.