Proper maintenance is the best way to keep tires in good condition and on the road as long as possible. We just have to remember to do our part.
When the temperatures start to dip, experts advise that there are a few extra steps we should take to stay safe in the sleet and snow.
To remember these tips, think about your PART in keeping your vehicle’s tires in good condition: Pressure, Alignment, Rotation, and Tread.
Tire pressure should be checked once a month or when outdoor temperatures change significantly, like during the first frosts and snowfalls. The recommended pressure for your vehicle is usually found on the edge of the driver’s door or doorpost. Wheel alignment is important too and should be checked annually, or if you feel that your car is pulling to the side when you’re diving. Rotation is advised every 10,000 kilometers to balance the wear-and-tear – and the tread depth should be at least 3.2 millimetres. Also look for cuts, snags, punctures, or irregular wear, which may be harder to spot on snowy tires.
Ontario Tire Stewardship also suggests a few guidelines for extending the life of your tires during the winter:
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