One of the more challenging aspects of winter for many drivers is being forced to spend money replacing their winter tires or purchasing new winter tires for the first time. A full set of winter tires can cost close to $1000 depending on the make and model of the vehicle. And this expense is one that few can afford to spend on a regular basis. With that in mind, in this blog we’ll take a look at three tips for reducing winter tire wear.
Maintain Optimal Air Pressure
The cold weather can have a negative impact on the pressure in the tires. For each degree the temperature drops the pressure per square inch also drops within the average winter tire. Underinflated tires cannot hold their shape well, which can mean more of the tire surface touching the ground during regular driving time. This can quickly increase the amount of wear on the tires and also cause the tires to lose their traction on icy winter roads. Vehicle owners can prevent unnecessary wear and increase the safety of their car’s tires by maintaining optimal tire pressure throughout the winter season.
Take the Vehicle for Wheel Alignments and Rotations
The amount of wear on a tire depends on the position in which the tires were installed. By taking their vehicle for regular tire rotation work by qualified specialists, owners can significantly reduce the amount of wear their tires suffer. Alignments are also required to ensure that wheels are well-balanced. The alignment process can help prevent excess weight being placed on one tire area and ensure that each vehicle tire maintains optimal performance for many years.
Ensure All Winter Tires are the Same Brand
One of the leading causes of tire wear is mismatched winter tires. Drivers will find that if they mismatch their tires, each tire will perform differently. Winter tires are designed to be matched together with the same brand and model to ensure optimal performance in terms of weight-bearing capacity and alignment. Without matched tires, drivers will find that even the highest quality winter tire will not perform to peak efficiency over the long-term.
By committing to effective tire maintenance this winter and ensuring their tires are matched to one another, drivers can help improve their winter tires’ durability and reduce their future costs. To learn more on winter tire care, contact our trusted parts experts directly.