Part Two – Winter Safety

Welcome to the second installment of our series on winter safety! The first installment covered battery care, and today we are going to talk about tire safety. The two biggest ways to ensure your safety during the winter months is to make sure that your tires have enough air and enough tread.

Group of Tires

When cold spells hit, it’s imperative to keep an eye on your tire pressure. Lower temperatures can significantly reduce your pressure, as much as 1 PSI per 10 degrees Fahrenheit. As of 2007, all vehicles are equipped with sensors to indicated when tire pressure is low, but it can be disconcerting when it pops up on the dash. Simply stopping either at the gas station or the service department can quickly remedy your issue. If you notice that it repeatedly is coming on even after you fill up, you might want to come in and have it looked at – there could be a leak or foreign object in your tire.

Secondly, ensuring you have enough tread is important as you navigate through many kinds of precipitation, including rain, slush, snow, and ice. The best way to check your tread? Good ol’ Abraham Lincoln! Using a penny, turn it so President Lincoln is upside down and facing you. Place him in your tire tread. If you can see his head in its entirety, it is time to get some new tires. Thanks Abe!

PennyTest

Looking to get new tires? Make sure you call our service department to set up an appointment!

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