It’s that time of year again when people in colder climates are getting ready for snow and winter driving. For many, that means needing to get new tires for their cars to help ensure safety on the road. With 66% of Americans planning to do significant amounts of driving for the holidays and just as many citing winter driving conditions as their primary winter driving concern, making sure your tires are in good shape is very important.
For these reasons, lots of people consider giving or receiving a set of tires for Christmas to be a good idea. 85% of Americans say they wouldn’t mind finding a set under the tree, and 42% said they’d love to receive a set of new shoes for their vehicles. This goes for women as well as men, with no significant gender difference in the responses.
If you think you can go another year without a new set of tires or don’t anticipate getting one as a gift, here are some things you can do to help stay safe on the road this winter:
Check your tire treads
Worn treads are the #1 cause of skidding during bad weather. Even if your treads are in good shape, be sure to go slowly when you turn and try to avoid any sudden changes in speed.
Stock up your vehicle
Make sure your wiper fluid, engine coolant and antifreeze are all filled up, and make sure you have an ice scraper, snow shovel, booster cables and flashlight in your car just in case.
Check your tire pressure
You can improve your gas mileage by over 3% by keeping your tires properly inflated. Additionally, tires that are over or under-inflated can pose a safety risk, particularly in bad weather. Check your tires every month to make sure they have enough air in them.
If you’re considering purchasing a set of tires for someone this holiday season, you can’t do any better than Discount Tire Centers in terms of both quality and price. Contact us today for more information on the best tires in Los Angeles.