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How Do I Prepare My Tires for Winter?

Get your tires ready for winter with Blain’s Farm & Fleet tire service.

If you live in the Midwest, you know the toll that winter can take on your vehicle. From slush to ice, driving in winter weather can be the worst. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can get your tires ready for winter.

How Do I prepare my tires for winter tire service
If you live somewhere with icy and snowy winters, you’ll want to get your car prepared for winter. With these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can be ready for winter.

Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining the correct tire pressure can make all the difference between a smooth ride and a blowout. For every ten degrees that the temperature drops, the pressure in your tires goes down 1-2 pounds. When a tire is under inflated, it can affect your gas mileage and tread wear. You need to check your tire pressure at least once a month in the winter with a tire pressure gauge.

Keep Up with Regular Tire Service

One of the best things you can do to get your vehicle ready for winter is to keep up with regular tire service. If you regularly get your tires balanced and rotated, your tires should wear evenly. Maintaining a tire service schedule will not only help your tires in the winter, but all year round. You can visit your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet tire shop for all of your tire service needs.

Test Your Tire Tread

Uneven tread wear or worn down tires can make it more difficult to drive in the winter. With snow and ice on the road, your tires need to be able to grip, brake and accelerate. When your tread is worn down, you’ll have less control of your vehicle. There are a few ways to easily test your tire tread. You can test it with a tire tread depth gauge, which will give you a reading of the depth of the tire tread. You can also do the penny test. Insert a penny into the tire tread groove, with Lincoln’s head facing upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Consider Snow Tires

Of course, you can always opt to switch out your all-season tires for some snow tires. Snow tires provide better grip and braking abilities when compared to all-season tires. They’ll also give your all-season tires a longer lifespan because you’re giving them a break in the winter. To find out if snow tires are right for you and your vehicle, read our article about the pros and cons of snow tires.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that driving in the winter can wreak havoc on your vehicle. That’s why we offer all the auto repair and tire service you need at every service center. From alignments to tire repair to oil changes, we have the auto repair services to get you through the winter months. For all of your tire service and auto repair needs, request a quote online or call 1-800-365-9936 to schedule an appointment at your local Blain’s Farm & Fleet service center.

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