Winterize your tires for safe driving

If you live in the Midwest, you know the toll winter takes on your vehicle -- especially your tires. From slush to ice, driving in winter weather can be the worst.

The followings tips from Blain's Farm & Fleet can get your tires ready for winter:

Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure

Maintaining the correct tire pressure can make all the difference between a smooth ride and a blowout. For every ten degrees the temperature drops, the pressure in your tires goes down 1-2 pounds. When a tire is under inflated, it can affect your gas mileage and tread wear. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month in the winter with a tire pressure gauge.

Keep Up with Regular Tire Service

Keeping up with regular tire service is one of the best things you can do to make sure your car is ready for winter. If you regularly get your tires balanced and rotated, your tires should wear evenly. Maintaining a tire service schedule will not only help your tires in the winter, but all year round.

Test Your Tire Tread

Uneven tread wear or worn down tires can make it more difficult to drive in the winter. With snow and ice on the road, your tires need to be able to grip, brake and accelerate. When your tread is worn down, you'll have less control of your vehicle. There are a few ways to easily test your tire tread. A tire tread depth gauge will give you a reading of the depth of the tire tread. You can also do the penny test. Insert a penny into the tire tread groove, with Lincoln's head facing upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln's head, it's time for new tires.

Consider Snow Tires

Additionally, you can always opt to switch out your all-season tires for snow tires. Snow tires provide better grip and braking abilities when compared to all-season tires. They will help you stop faster, keep you from sliding, and give you better handling on slick roads. They'll also give your all-season tires a longer lifespan because you're giving them a break in the winter.