Winterize Your Cars Tires

January 16th, 2020 by

Your tires give you the ability to grip the road, make safe turns, and stop in a safe amount of time. Your safety depends a whole lot on the condition of your tires and it is crucial to make sure your tires are prepared to handle the weather this upcoming winter season.

Difference Between All-Season and Winter Tires

All-season tires are designed for a smooth ride in most conditions. Many do great on bare pavement all year-round and can handle rain and even offer some traction in light snow. However, all-season tires can not handle deep snow, ice, and cold weather.

Winter tires are specifically designed to handle cold temperatures, ice, and snow. Winter tires feature flexible tread rubber compounds that grip the road better during cold weather, deeper tread depths and unique tread patterns that provide better traction in the snow, and an increased number of biting edges that provide traction on ice. Visit Bridgestone Tire for more information on winter and all-season tires.

When To Switch To Winter Tires?

It is recommended to change to winter tires once temperatures consistently drop below 45°F. It is important to take into consideration what time of day you are driving. For example, temperatures will be colder if you drive to work or school early morning or late at night.

Tips For Maintaining Your Tires

There are a few ways you can maintain your tires. We suggest keeping your tire pressure at the recommended level which can be found in your vehicle’s owner manual. Be aware that cooler temperatures will change your tire pressure. Low tire pressure can cause your tires to lose their grip on damp, rainy surfaces.

Another helpful tip we recommend is checking your tire’s tread wear. When your tire treads are worn, your vehicle is not able to handle weather conditions like rain and snow. Worn tire treads make it difficult for your vehicle to grip the road. Regardless of tread wear, many vehicle manufacturers recommend the average driver to replace their tires after 6-10 years. However, you should check the manufacturer’s recommendations on your specific tires. Although there are many ways to check your tires at home, we highly recommend seeing a professional. Head to our blog for more tire tips.

We offer many vehicle services including tire inspections here at Competition INFINITI of Smithtown. With a Tire Center located in our dealership, we can help you find the best tires for your INFINITI vehicle. Stocked with all major brands including Bridgestone, Michelin, Dunlop, Goodyear, Hankook and much more, our highly trained technicians will assist you in finding what you are looking for.

The best way to prepare your INFINITI vehicle for the harsh snowy winter is to utilize our Competition INFINITI Service Center that is right here in Smithtown, NY! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take advantage of our service and parts specials! Stop by our dealership and test-drive new vehicles like the 2021 INFINITI QX50 or the 2021 INFINITI QX80. Be sure to also check out our new INFINITI lease specials. We look forward to seeing you at our Competition INFINITI dealership located at 587 Middle Country Rd, St James, NY.

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