It can be a challenge to keep your winter tires in good condition during the summer. The hot weather can cause the tires to dry out and crack, making them less effective in the winter.
Tips to keep winter tires during the summer
Store your winter tires in a cool, dry place
First, make sure that you store them in a cool, dry place. If they are stored in a hot, humid environment, they can dry out and crack. The best place to store tires is in a garage or shed. If you don’t have access to a garage or shed, you can store them in a cool, dry basement.
Check the tire pressure
Second, check the tire pressure regularly and adjust it as needed. If the tire pressure is low while storing your winter tires, the tires can become deformed, which may lead to cracking. Inflate the tires to the recommended pressure. This will help prevent the tires from becoming deformed while in storage.
Use tire covers
Use tire covers to protect the tires from the sun and other environmental factors. Tire covers will help keep the tires in good condition and prevent them from drying out and cracking.
Rotate the tires
Rotate the tires regularly. This will help distribute the weight evenly and prevent the tires from becoming deformed.
How to prepare tires for the winter
If you live in an area where winters are cold and snowy, proper preparation of your vehicle’s tires is essential for safe driving. Here are some tips on how to prepare your tires for winter:
Check the tread depth of your tires
The minimum legal tread depth in most states is 4/32 of an inch, but it’s best to have at least 6/32 of an inch for safe driving in winter conditions. You can check the tread depth with a tread depth gauge or a penny.
If your tires are getting close to the minimum tread depth, it’s time to replace them.
Clean and inspect your tires
Remove any mud, snow, or debris from your tires before driving. Inspect your tires for any cracks or damage and have them repaired or replaced if necessary.
Make sure your tires are properly inflated
Check the tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge and inflate your tires to the recommended pressure.
Don’t forget about your spare tire
Make sure your spare tire is in good condition and properly inflated. It’s also a good idea to keep a tire repair kit in your vehicle.
Follow these tips and you’ll be ready to safely take on whatever winter throws your way.