It makes one gloomy to think about it, but winter is almost here. Yes, soon you’ll be able to enjoy driving to work in rush hour traffic on cold and cloudy days in three inches of snow, sleet, and ice. Well, there’s not much you can do about the weather, but you can do something about one of the biggest factors affecting safe driving in winter conditions, and that’s your tires. And right now is the time to do it, before the bad weather comes.
Too many people fail to do basic maintenance on their tires, leading to premature wear and reduced service life. Also, many drivers keep driving on their tires way past the point that they should have been replaced. Both situations create an unsafe driving conditions in any season. We’ll take a look at basic winter tire preparation, and then consider the best type of tire for snow and ice conditions, whether you’re driving on or replacing Ford, Dodge, Hyundai, Mercedes, or Chevrolet Tires Baltimore.
Winter Tire Prep
- Tire Pressure – Checking your tire pressure on a regular basis to maintain the proper level is the best and easiest thing you can do to reduce wear and tear and increase the life of your tire, and ensure safe operation. Keep in mind the air in your tire expands on warmer days and contracts on cooler ones, by about one pound per 10 degrees of temperature, so monitoring pressure levels in the winter is especially important.
- Tire Tread – The treads are what makes your tires grip the road to prevent your slipping off in wet and slippery conditions. Many tires today have wear indicators in the form of rubber strips at the bottom of the tread that become visible when it’s time for replacement. If unsure, ask your local service tech to check them.
Tires For Winter Conditions
- All-Season Tires – These provide improved performance and they can be a great choice in areas with only occasional wet and snowy conditions. If you expect to be facing heavier snows and ice, you should probably choose something else.
- Mud And Snow Tires – Tires marked M+S on the sidewall are a step up from all-season tires, and thus are good option when you can expect mostly moderate winter conditions, but they aren’t the best type for the worst winter weather.
- Winter Tires – Also called snow tires, they have a tread design and rubber composition that make them the best choice for the worst winter conditions, and they perform well in better ones too. If you want to be prepared for anything, consider purchasing a set of these for the coming winter.
Need more information? Contact Jerry’s Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about Chevrolet Tires Baltimore and help you choose the right tires for any make and model of vehicle.