Winter Tires

Winter Tire Safety Tips

December 2023

Ensuring your vehicle is equipped with the right tires is crucial for safe driving in cold, snowy, or icy conditions. At Take Off Tire, we understand the importance of tire safety, and we’re here to provide you with essential tips to navigate the winter roads confidently

Choose the Right Winter Tires

  • Understand Tire Types: Opt for tires specifically designed for winter conditions. Look for tires marked with the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, indicating they meet specific snow traction performance requirements.
    • Summer tires don’t belong on the road during the winter (if you live in a place that has harsh winters).
    • All-Season tires should be the minimum grade tire on your vehicle for dealing with cold, wet and snowy conditions. With All-Weather or Winter rated tires being an optimal choice.
  • Consider Tire Compound and Tread Pattern: Look for softer rubber compounds that remain flexible in cold temperatures. Deeper treads and specialized designs will improve traction and grip on snow and ice-covered roads.

Monitor Tire Pressure

  • Learn to Check Tire Pressure: Use a pressure gauge and refer to the vehicle’s manual or the sticker inside the driver’s door for recommended tire pressure. Cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, affecting handling and grip.
  • Regularly Check Tire Pressure: Cold weather can decrease tire pressure by 1 PSI for every 10-degree Fahrenheit drop in temperature. Maintaining proper pressure ensures optimal tire performance and traction.
    • If your vehicle has a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) that is working properly, give that a check to ensure your tires are at the proper PSI.
    • If your vehicle does not have a TPMS system, get in the habit of checking your tire pressure when temperatures fluctuate more than normal. Adjust PSI as needed.
    • Take Off Tire welcomes customers to stop by for air, as do many tire shops. A lot of gas stations also have air stations set up to add air to your tires if you don’t have an air compressor at home.

Inspect Tread Depth and Tire Condition

  • Learn to Measure Tread Depth: Use the penny test by inserting a penny into the tread grooves with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace the tires.
  • Look for Signs of Wear and Damage: Inspect tires for uneven wear, cracks, bulges, or cuts. Adequate tread depth (bare minimum 3/32 inch) is essential for improved traction in winter conditions.

Drive Cautiously in Winter Conditions

  • Practice Safe Driving Habits: Slow down, increase following distance, and avoid sudden maneuvers. Be cautious on bridges, overpasses, and shaded areas where ice accumulates.
  • Utilize Advanced Driving Techniques: Consider taking a defensive driving course focused on winter conditions. Techniques like controlled braking, steering into a skid, and maintaining momentum on snow-covered roads can enhance safety.

Be Mindful of Changing Weather Conditions

  • Stay updated on weather forecasts: Before heading out, check weather reports to anticipate changes in road conditions. Be prepared for sudden weather changes, especially in colder regions.
  • Adjust Driving Habits Based on Weather: Adapt your driving style to the prevailing conditions. Reduce speed and increase following distance in heavy snow or ice. Utilize all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles with caution, knowing they can assist but not replace safe driving practices in winter conditions.

At Take Off Tire, we prioritize your safety on the road. Remember that having the right tires and following these tips can make a significant difference in your winter driving experience. If you have any questions or need assistance, our team of tire experts is always here to help you make informed choices for your vehicle’s safety.

Stay safe, stay prepared, and trust in the quality and expertise of Take Off Tire for all your winter tire needs!

Take Off Tire is one of the premier tire shops in Lincoln, NE and a great place to get your tires serviced. We offer free tire checks so come get your tires looked at before the snow flies. 

If new tires are needed, we have an extensive selection of new tires to choose from. If you have any questions, give us a call at 402-413-6646 to talk to a dedicated tire salesman who will help you with any tire advise, or service, you may need!

Customers also have the ability to purchase tires online from Take Off Tire. Click “Shop New Tires,” choose the tires that are right for you, purchase the tires from the comfort of your own home and have the tires shipped directly to Take Off Tire for install!