Fall Driving Tips
There are different driving challenges that come as seasons change. Here are a few helpful fall driving tips:
Maintaining the proper air pressure helps to ensure that your tires can perform the way they were designed. For the best possible performance, we suggest you inflate your tires to the manufacturer recommended air pressure, which can be found on the driver’s door panel, on the glove box door, or in the owner’s manual. Maintaining the proper air pressure helps you combat some of the most common challenges in fall driving, including rain and potholes. Be sure to check your air pressure monthly and before any long trips.
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When it comes to wet weather driving, your tread depth plays a big role. We recommend checking your tread depth when you check your air pressure once a month. Wet weather traction can be seriously diminished as early as 5/32nds of tread depth. It's important that your tires have enough tread depth to remove water from the contact patch and properly grip the road.
In most parts of the country, fall weather often brings random downpours which can make driving quite difficult. Your vehicle could hydroplane when rainwater mixes with oil or grime on the streets. It is best that you adjust your speed and pay very close attention to the road surface, watching for standing water that might cause hydroplaning.
If you live in an area that deals with harsh winter conditions, you should keep an eye out for serious potholes after the ice thaws. During the winter months, moisture can seep into the road surface, and can cause potholes after repeated freezing and thawing, which if hit hard enough, can seriously damage your tires and wheels. The faster you are driving, the more serious the damage could be. If you cannot avoid hitting a pothole, reduce your speed before hitting it, but release the brake before actually striking the pothole. Properly inflated tires are less susceptible to damage from potholes than underinflated tires.
If you do hit a pothole, we recommend having your tires and wheels inspected afterward for any damage. Potholes can bend and/or crack wheels and also cause irreparable damage to tires. This damage may not be noticeable to you immediately, but it can cause tire/wheel failure in the future.