Seasonal Care Tips

As seasons change, so do driving conditions. Prepare for safer travels in all kinds of weather with tire care and driving tips for spring, summer, fall and winter.

Seasonal Tire Care Tips

WINTER
 

Winter driving conditions, like driving in snow and ice, are among the most dangerous—and require the most preparation and caution.  These tips will help you take proper care of your tires and get around safely.

  • Know your tires’ limits. “All-season” tires are designed to perform throughout the year with better traction in colder months than “summer’ tires.  Winter tires are recommended if your local conditions are consistently below 45 degrees F with frequent snow and ice. Always see your tire dealer for proper installation.
  • Check tire inflation often. In the winter, tire pressure drops one or two pounds for every ten-degree drop in outside temperature, and under inflation does not give tires better traction in the snow (contrary to popular belief). It only makes them more vulnerable to damage.
  • Respect the snow, no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. Four-wheel drive may help you move forward better in the snow, but it won’t help you stop more effectively or keep you from skidding.
  • Avoid sudden movements when driving. Accelerate gently, turn gradually and go easy on the brakes to let tire treads maintain good traction.
  • If you do start skidding and your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS), apply steady brake pressure and turn in the direction of the skid. Don’t pump the brakes.
  • If you get stuck in the snow, spinning your tires too fast can cause them to overheat and become damaged or fail. If stuck in snow or ice, the vehicle should be rocked using alternating forward and reverse gears with gentle acceleration. Consult the vehicle owner’s manual for additional information.  

Additional Winter Tips

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