October – when pumpkins, Halloween candy, fall foliage and football are all on our minds – is a great time check-in with your car and prepare it for changing weather and road conditions. The Car Care Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to car safety, has declared October “Fall Car Care Month” to help drivers learn the safety and economic benefits of regular vehicle care.
A few fall tire tips to keep in mind:
- Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual and follow the recommended service schedule.
- Check your tires. Driving on worn tires or tires with no tread is very dangerous. Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow. For information on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
- Check your tire pressure – cold weather can reduce tire pressure, and it’s safer to drive on tires that are properly inflated.
- When temperatures dip below 45 degrees, it’s time to think about winter tires. Winter or “snow” tires are made from softer rubber that does a better job of gripping cold pavement. Winter treads are also specifically designed for snow and ice. Studded winter tires provide extra control, but wait for snow pack. Studs don’t perform well in rain.
If your tires are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need.
For more information, call 412-462-3000, visit Champtires.com or shop in person at our two convenient Pittsburgh-area locations – where we also install tires:
Pittsburgh Store: 1319 Washington Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
West Mifflin Store: 1130 Lebanon Rd West Mifflin, PA 15122