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

FALL
 

In many parts of the country, fall brings down temperatures, rain and leaves—creating unique driving risks. These tire tips can help you stay safe:

  • In rainy weather, insufficient tread depth can cause a vehicle to skim across the surface of the road with little or no traction. You can check tread with a Lincoln penny. Insert Abe’s head into the tread in a couple of spots on each tire. If you see the entire top of his head, you should replace your tire.  Built-in “wear bars” will also appear when you have worn your tread down to the limit.
     
  • Check for uneven treadwear, which can indicate underinflated tires, out-of-balance tires or wheels out of alignment. If tire treads are wearing unevenly on some of your tires, take them to your dealer for a look.
     
  • Get into the habit of rotating your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles or so. This helps to prevent premature tire wear.
     
  • Your tire could be 50 percent underinflated and still look fine. At least once every month, check your tire air pressure with an accurate tire gauge. Driving on underinflated or overloaded tires, especially at high speeds and over long distances, can lead to tire failure.
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