Tire Checkup Before a Holiday Road Trip
Any road trip could require a fair amount of maintenance for the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road. But during the winter months there are a few special considerations before you travel to visit your family this Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or other gathering. The reason for the extra maintenance is the cold weather, salt on the roads, and dangerous conditions the holidays brew. (Think “Sunday Drivers” every day.) A few simple checks could help ensure a trouble free roadtrip this season.
Check Your Tire Pressure and Tire Tread
Cold weather will affect the pressure inside your tires, lowering gas mileage, and traction. How? Well, even if you don’t have a leak in the tire, as the ambient air temperature falls the air inside the tire condenses. When this happens, the pressure lowers. A similar effect happens in the summer as your tires warm up, causing the air inside the tires to expand. To check your tire pressure properly you’ll need to drive your car for about an hour to allow your tires to warm up. Then using a tire pressure gauge test the psi. If pressure is reading low, you’ll need to add more air. If the pressure is reading high, you’ll need to release some air.
The other situation is your tire tread. While we all know the tire tread in your car or truck is critical, during the cold winter months, it’s even more so. Slippery conditions, cold rain, and ice, make your vehicle more likely to spin out of control. On a Front-Wheel-Drive vehicle (most cars today are) the situation is even more exaggerated because the same wheels the car uses to steer, are also the same ones the engine applies power to. This could cause an extremely dangerous situation very quickly.
Holiday Car & Truck Maintenance Repair
Tires aren’t the only thing on your vehicle which require special attention during the cold winter months. You’ll also need to flush your anti-freeze (so your engine doesn’t crack), change the weight of your engine oil, prepare for salted roads, check your heater-core, replace your brakes, and more. We’re releasing a series of pages here on our website to help you prepare, but if your in the Cleveland, GA, Gainesville, or Helen area we really suggest your best bet is to stop in to Mike’s Full Service.
Our shop is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 6pm. Stop on by to have your car or truck checked over by our family doctor OR give us a call at 706.348.1474 today to schedule you’re appointment. You’ll be glad you did!