Checking Your Tires For Winter Safety

Driving in the winter can be hazardous and unpredictable, especially in Longmont Colorado’s climate. One of best things you can do is start from the ground up–where the rubber hits the road. We all know good winter tires are a simple way to make driving in the winter safer and easier for everyone. However, tires inevitably loose their tread, making them no longer useful to you or your vehicle. Making sure your tires have plenty of tread to handle what the weather throws at you can make all the difference. The good thing is, there’s a quick and easy way to check if you need new winter tires. Simply take one quarter and place it in the groove of your tire tread. If the edge of the tread touches Washington’s head (hair included) your tires are probably fine for winter driving. However, if you can see all of Washington’s head or more, your tread is low and you may need new winter tires. Depending on how often you drive in the winter, how frequently you should do this simple test varies. However, if you’re unsure, check just in case, as it can be done anywhere in less than a minute.

With that, it’s also a good idea to keep your tires at proper pressure; this will keep your car running efficiently and save you money on gas (even at today’s prices!). Swing by Best Auto Repair of Longmont anytime to get your tire pressure checked free of charge.

In addition to wearing down your tires, winter driving can also take your vehicle out of alignment. With the number of uneven roads and potholes that seem to spring up out of nowhere this time of year, it can happen anytime. Poor alignment will wear out your tires preemptively (on the inside or outside depending on how it is misaligned), but proper alignment saves your tires and saves you money in the long run. Remember that we provide free alignment checks, so call or email us to set up a time for a free check of your alignment. It’s a nice preventative step to protect your vehicle’s longevity.

If you do need an alignment, Best Auto of Longmont will knock off $10 on the cost of your alignment by just mentioning this blog (regularly $79.95).

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