Public Service Announcement
Now that Weld County has gone through its first major snow storm of the year, we would like to give the community tips on making sure their vehicles are prepared for the winter season. We will put out tips once a week for the next month or so to help you prepare your vehicle for the roadway and the winter months. The topics we will cover are tires, coolant, wipers, battery, brakes, and other tips associated with winter preparation.
This week we will be covering tires.
These can have a huge impact on not only taking off from a stop but mainly stopping your vehicle. Snow tires are the best option for the ice and snow. If you cannot afford winter tires the next thing you can do is make sure you have enough tire tread remaining. Bald tires make your vehicle very dangerous during the winter. Imagine ice skating but with no control.
In the pictures, we will show you a quick test you can do with a penny and quarter.
The penny is a popular trick that people have used over the years. Insert a penny into your tire’s tread with Lincoln’s head upside down, facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head your tread is less than 2/32 inch. This means your tires need to be replaced.
The quarter test works in the same manner. Insert the quarter into the tread with Washington’s head facing you. If the tread touches Washington’s head, you have at least 4/32 inch of tread.
With all winter driving, slow down and give each other more space during inclement weather. Driving slower and paying attention to your surroundings will give you more of a reaction time making it safer for everyone.