Pumpkin spice lattes, turtle neck sweaters, and football season: check! Without a doubt, fall is here.
Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful times of the year is fall. While most people welcome the advent of cooler and more moderate temperatures, are your tires ready?
At Kanuga Tire & Auto, we are the top auto repair center in Hendersonville, NC. In addition to an expansive array of auto repair solutions, we are home to one of the largest and most diverse selections of new tires and tire services.
Here are a few best practices to ensure tire safety in the coming cold months.
Because the air in your tires is a gas, the tire pressure will fall as it contracts with colder temperatures.
Unless you’re housing your vehicle in a temperature-controlled garage, your tires will deflate as the temperatures drop. In cold weather, the tire pressure generally tends to fall anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds of pressure or PSI for every 10-degree drop in temperature.
When the temperature drops, you should be ready to add air to your tires. Failure to do so can cause you to experience a decrease in handling and traction, both paramount for driving in cold weather.
Tire tread is vital in helping the tires grip the road effectively. If your tire tread is too low, your tire safety will follow suit. Specifically, your resistance to hydroplaning in the snow and rain is reduced substantially.
Fortunately, there are several easy ways to measure your tire tread. For instance, you can use pocket change to measure tire tread.
In Hendersonville, NC, the snowy season lasts about four months—from the end of November until mid-March. Like most areas, January is the heaviest period of snow, averaging about 5.2 inches. Considering the prevalence of snow in the area, we often advise our customers to save time and money by installing winter tires in fall.
Unlike all-season or summer tires, winter tires are designed with specially-formulated rubber to stay soft and pliable when temperatures drop. Winter tires also feature special grooves and a design that can improve tire safety and performance once the snow starts sticking to the ground.
If you decide to purchase new tires for winter, it’s important to get them early. Ordering winter tires in fall can open the door to multiple benefits.
On one hand, ordering your winter tires in fall can help ensure you have the right equipment on your vehicle to be safe. On the other hand, you can take advantage of specials and savings by ordering early.
The first step to ensure your tires are ready for fall is to schedule a tire inspection at Kanuga Tire & Auto. During the inspection, we will examine every aspect of your tires, starting with the ever-important tread depth.
We leverage state-of-the-art technology to accurately and quickly measure tire tread depth. After we take the measurements, we will discuss your options, including the benefits of winter tires.
Contact Kanuga Tire & Auto in Hendersonville, NC today to get your tires (and vehicle) ready for fall (and winter, too). Request your appointment online, call us at (828) 697-2860, or visit our shop at 432 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739.