Tire Safety For The Rain

Rain Driving

As the hot summer days fade in to cool autumn evenings we welcome fall to Southern California.  This is also the time of year where we get to say goodbye to the heat and hello to the rain. It is usually during this time of year that we see the most rainfall, even if it really isn't that much compared to other areas of the United States.

With the changing of the seasons it is important that we are aware of the changing road conditions that occur due to the rain. As rain falls, it mixes with all of the grime and oil on the road creating dangerous conditions that in turn make the road very slick. These conditions also make drivers prone to skids when the brakes are applied. The best way to avoid skidding is to be aware of your speed and drive a little bit slower then normal. By driving slower it allows more of the tire tread to meet the road and make contact, which results in better traction.

It is important that you get in the habit of always checking your tires before you hit the road. This will ensure your tires are working at their best. Here are some great tips to help you keep your tires properly maintained:

Make sure that your tires are inflated properly.

Vehicle manufacturers provide a specific number that can be located throughout the vehicle (on the door edge, on the glove compartment door, in the user manual) that informs the driver of the maximum air pressure for your tires. Please note however that this is NOT the ideal pressure level but the maximum air pressure level. The number that you want to use is the RECOMMENDED tire pressure number and you should check this once a month, at least.

Rotate Your Tires

To help detect and prevent alignment problems you should have your tires rotated at least every 6,000 - 7,000 miles.

Check the tires tread depth.

A good tire should have 4/32 inch tread depth. At this depth they are the proper level to perform the way they were intended to. A simple way to do this is by taking a quarter and placing into several tread grooves across the tire. If part of Washington's head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 4/32" of tread depth remaining, and you are in good shape. If it does not however, it is a good time to have your tires inspected.

We're Here to Help

As a courtesy to all of our customers, all Moss Bros. Auto Group dealerships offer free tire inspections. The safety of our customers is always a top priority and if you have any questions about the care or condition of your tires we welcome you to come visit any of our service centers and we would be happy to help in any way we can. You can locate your closest Moss Bros. dealership here and schedule your next service appointment here.

Michael Anderson