It’s December and we’ve already received our first two snow storms here in Manson. Snow of course means snowmen and snowball fights, but it also means that driving isn’t as easy as it was in the summer. Winter storms mean poor visibility, snow packed roads and worst of all ice! That means that now is a great time to have a look at what condition your tires are in–after all, they’re the only thing between you and the road… unless you’re Santa of course! 🙂
There are a number of benefits to owning well maintained tires. Just to name a few:
Better Fuel Economy
Yep, not having the proper amount of air in your tires means you aren’t getting the MPG you could be. For every 1 pound of air pressure your tire is low, you lose 0.4% of your miles per gallon. That might not sound like much, but odds are you won’t notice your tire is low until it has already lost 10 psi. That means you’ve lost 4% of your fuel mileage and that does add up over time.
Safer Winter Driving
Having good tires on your vehicle means you have a much better chance of getting where you are going. Properly maintained tires maximize the amount of surface contact with the road, and give you the most control of your vehicle. Be prepared and don’t miss a minute of that MNW basketball game :).
Having good tread depth is very important with snow, water, and ice on the roads. Tire tread is designed to clear snow, water and ice from your tires–helping maintain traction. For this reason its important that your tires have enough tread left to safely get you where you need to go. When your tread depth is at or under (4/16th) of an inch, it’s time to start considering a new set of tires.
We hope everyone is staying warm as we enter the winter months. Travel safe and enjoy the holidays!