FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – Back-to-back days of heavy snowfall have led to dangerous driving conditions. It is important that your tires are properly prepared to handle snow and ice on the road.

The two most important components of your winter tires are tread and air pressure. These two factors must be constantly checked to ensure your safety.

If the tread of your tires is badly worn, you are putting yourself at risk on snow and ice. Discount Tire Illinois Road Store Manager Vedran Duras says a worn tread impacts your ability to stop. He recommends using a penny to check the condition of your tire tread. Insert the penny upside down into the grooves of your tire. If you can see Lincoln’s head completely, that means the tire needs to be replaced.

Discount Tire offers a free tread inspection. They use a computer scanner to analyze your tire tread. Duras recommends a replacement at 4/32″ or less, as shown by this image in their lobby.

You should also check your tire air pressure at least once a month and even more frequently in the winter when the tires are cold. An over-inflated tire can wear improperly, which can impact your vehicle’s fuel mileage and handling.

Duras also recommends rotating your tires every 5,000 to 6,000 miles.

The biggest winter tire safety tip offered by Duras is to invest in winter tires. They make a significant difference, even without snow. At temperatures below 45 degrees, they will perform better and safer than even a traditional all-season tire.

Duras also adds that four-wheel drive helps you through heavier amounts of snow, but doesn’t necessarily help you stop. The tread pattern of all four tires plays a bigger role in your vehicle’s ability to gain traction.

Ultimately, you should check your tires frequently and slow down when the roads are slippery.

Discount Tire offers new tire changes, winter tire changes, custom wheels, flat tire repairs, air pressure checks, tire rotations, and windshield wiper replacements. You can also buy online and pick up in store. Their online assistant can make tire replacement recommendations that fit your budget.

Duras says the first big snowfall of winter usually brings a rush of customers. You can visit their website to find the latest deals.

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