How to Prepare Your Tires for Winter
Not everyone has the money to buy all new winter tires, so it’s important to take some steps to prepare your tires for winter and keep yourself safe on the road.
Before winter hits, check your tire tread. Not only is low tread bad for gripping wet roads, but uneven tread could mean your tires are out of alignment. Maybe winter tires aren’t in the cards, but you do need new tires before the snow hits if your tread is low.
When it’s winter, you have to check your tire pressure regularly—it’s one of the most important things you can do. Tire pressure gets low in cold weather, and keeping the tire pressure where it’s meant to be increases traction. Take an extra few minutes at the gas station to swing over to the tire pressure gauge and add air if you need to.
In the absolute worst conditions, using tire chains can be a big help, but these aren’t allowed in some places because they’re harsh on the road. You probably know if you need them and they’re allowed in your area.