It’s official. The rainy season has come to Southern California. Driving in the rain can be stressful. Give yourself a little peace of mind this winter and schedule a rainy season tire maintenance service at your local service station. They can perform a tire rotation, check the tire air pressure and inspect the tire tread depth. Keep reading to find out how to prevent hydroplaning and other important rainy season driving safety tips.
Rainy Season Tire Maintenance
An ideal tire maintenance schedule can vary greatly depending on many factors. A vehicle’s make and model, the environment you drive, and your driving style can impact your routine tire service intervals. Always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations as outlined in your owner’s manual. If you feel that your needs may differ from those suggestions, ask your auto technician for input. Proper tire maintenance is essential for the safety of yourself and others.
Many motorists ignore tire rotation in their general tire maintenance routines. It is unfortunate because tire rotation is one of the simplest add-ons to your oil change service. Rotating your tires regularly ensures your tires wear more evenly. It can also increase the life of your tires by preventing premature or excessive wear. Drivers who put more than 12,000 miles on their tires annually should schedule tire rotation every six months.
Tire Air Pressure
Did you know that less than 20% of drivers maintain the proper air pressure in their tires? Vehicles with the correct tire air pressure experience better traction in wet conditions. Check the air pressure at least once a month to get the most from your tires. A digital air pressure gauge is more accurate than the old-school stick-style gauge. Additionally, be sure to fill your tires to the recommended pressure found in your owner’s manual or on the sticker in the driver’s side door jam. The pressure rating located on the tire is the maximum pressure the tire is rated for, not the recommended pressure.
Tire Tread Depth
Most new, all-weather tires come equipped with 9/32” – 11/32” tread. Auto experts agree that you should replace your tires when they reach a tread depth of 2/32”. Low tire tread significantly reduces the tire’s traction and ability to divert water, increasing the chance of hydroplaning. A tire tread depth gauge can be picked up online or at most auto parts stores. They are easy to use and can keep you apprised of your tread depth when used regularly.
Numerous studies have shown that tires have a shelf life. The rubber compounds in tires degrade over time. Even if the tire still has plenty of tread, the tire’s age may require its replacement. Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing your tires every six years. In contrast, tire manufacturers say their tires can last up to 10 years. It is in your best interest to inspect your tires monthly for signs of wear and damage. Once they reach the 4-5 year mark, have your mechanic check them with every maintenance service.
Rainy Season Driving Safety Tips
Driving safely in the rain requires more diligence from the driver. Having a properly maintained vehicle is the most crucial first step. Once your automobile is in rain-ready shape, take the next step and educate yourself with these driving safety tips.
Hydroplaning occurs when your tires lose contact with the road surface due to wet conditions. While it can be an upsetting experience, it is essential to avoid panicking. Remain calm, look & steer straight ahead and gently release the gas pedal. Do not slam on the brakes. If you need to slow down, apply the brakes enough to engage the ABS (if equipped) or lightly pump the brakes if you do not have ABS. Once the traction has resumed again, continue driving at a reduced speed.
Driving Safety Tips
- Slow down – Reduce your speed by about a third when it’s wet or rainy
- Maintain proper tire air pressure
- Avoid sudden stops and excessive acceleration
- Do not drive through large pools of water
- Increase the distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you
- Drive in the middle of your lane
- Follow in the tire tracks left by the car in front of you
- Do not use Cruise Control
- Replace worn, damaged, or old tires
Rainy Season Tire Maintenance & Replacements
Let TaylorCo European Auto Service answer all your tire-related questions. Maintaining proper tire maintenance can save you money and help prevent a car crash this rainy season. If your wheels are unbalanced or misaligned, then it could significantly cut down on the life of your tires. If your tires have reached the end of their life, come in for a new set. Our qualified technicians will be happy to help.
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Contact us today at (909) 316-6166 or online for a Tire Maintenance Service or replacement.