How Do I Get My Tires Ready for Winter?

When you live in a part of the country that gets snow-covered and icy roads, you know that winter driving is often a challenge. Ensuring your vehicle’s tires are in good condition is a big step toward reducing the stress of winter driving. This also ensures your and your family’s safety. 

When it comes to tires, here are three things you should look into this coming cold season.

1. Tire Tread

If you plan on buying new tires, it is better to do it now while preparing your car for winter. Because old tires usually have worn tread, which means they have less traction.

How Do I Get My Tires Ready for Winter? | Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI. Closeup image of a mechanic replacing summer tires with winter tires. Tire tread is also shown.

The tire tread allows the tires to grip the road. The deeper the tread, the better it can push snow and slush from under the tire. 

In normal circumstances, the tire tread should be no less than 2/32-inch. However, we recommend that it be less than 4/32-inch during the winter.

You can check this by inserting a penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing you and the top of his head in the grooves. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible, the tires have less than 2/32-inch. Replace them immediately.

2. Tire Pressure

If the air pressure in your vehicle’s tires is incorrect, even on a good day, it affects how your vehicle handles. 

Too little or too much pressure not only causes uneven wear. It could also cause you to easily lose control of the vehicle. And during the winter, the tire pressure drops further because of the cold.

The recommended tire pressure is stamped on the tire’s sidewall. You can use a tire gauge to check if you have enough air. But if you don’t have a way to check the tire pressure, simply stop by Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI. We’ll be glad to help. 

3. Winter Tires

If you have summer tires, you should consider changing to winter tires. Many people switch to winter tires before the first snow. 

That’s because winter tires have a deeper tread than most types of tires. They also have temperature-withstanding compounds that ensure the tire’s structure remains pliable during extreme cold.

Suppose you’re unsure whether you need new tires or to switch to winter tires, the tire mechanics at Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI. We are here to advise you if you need to change your tires.

Need Help With Your Tires? Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI Can Help

At Little Wolf Automotive in Antigo, WI, we’re here to help you prepare your tires for winter. We can help you get new tires suitable for the cold season. We can also check for other aspects, like tire tread and pressure

Whether you need us to check your vehicle’s tires or you need new tires, contact Little Wolf Automotive at (715) 350-4297 or fill out the online form. We are conveniently located at 1436 Neva Road, Antigo, WI 54409.