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How to Extend the Life of Your Winter Tires

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How to Extend the Life of Your Winter Tires

If you want to keep your car safe on wintery roads, you need to be sure that your tires are in great shape. Luckily, it’s not difficult to keep your tires in good condition even throughout the winter. Here’s how to extend the life of your car’s winter tires.


Pay attention to the pressure


You should know your tire’s ideal pressure and check it weekly. Some cars have tire sensors that display the pressure on your dashboard, but if your car doesn’t have this, it’s easy enough to check your tire pressure using an inexpensive pressure gauge from your local auto parts store.


Add air as necessary to maintain the tire’s ideal pressure, which is likely to be found imprinted on the side of the tire. Avoid over-inflating the tires as this could cause  the tread to wear out prematurely.


Check regularly for cuts and holes


Small cuts in your tires could be plugged before they become big problems, so check your tires regularly for signs of damage. Plug small holes and remove any chunks of glass or nails that could cause slow air leaks. Not every puncture causes an immediate flat tire, but it’s much better to deal with a small hole at home than it is to try and change your tire out on the roadside.


Rotate your tires


It’s recommended that you rotate your tires every 6000 miles, but you may want to do it at every oil change, for convenience sake. Rotating your tires helps them wear evenly and can help prevent the tread from wearing away in any one spot too soon. This may seem like a minor thing, but a badly worn tire could lead to a dangerous blowout on the road, so don’t neglect it.


When you have your tires rotated, make sure you ask the mechanic to verify that the tires are properly aligned. Proper alignment helps prevent handling issues, like a car that pulls to one side. This is best left to a professional to assess and align, since special tools are used.


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