Fall Driving Tips

You've made it through the summer heat and don't yet need to worry about driving in snow. Still, every season presents different driving challenges; here are our autumn driving tips.

Air pressure

Maintaining the proper air pressure helps to ensure that your tires can perform the way they were designed. For the best possible performance, we suggest you inflate your tires to the manufacturer-recommended air pressure, which can be found on the driver’s door panel, on the glove box door, or in the owner’s manual.

Maintaining the proper air pressure helps you combat some of the most common challenges in fall driving, including rain and potholes. Be sure to check your air pressure monthly and before any long trips. Learn more about how to check your tires' air pressure.

Hydroplaning and wet weather hazards

In most parts of the country, fall weather often brings wet weather which can make driving quite difficult. Your tires can lose traction when rainwater mixes with oil or grime on the streets. Or, your vehicle could hydroplane if you are driving through water too deep for your tires to evacuate it quickly enough.

In rainy conditions, always reduce your speed and pay very close attention to the road surface, watching for standing water that might cause hydroplaning. Learn more about driving in wet weather.

Tread depth and fall driving

When it comes to safe driving in the autumn, your tread depth also plays a big role. We recommend checking your tread depth when you check your air pressure once a month.

Wet weather traction can be seriously diminished as early as 5/32nds of tread depth. Your tires must have enough tread depth to remove water from the contact patch and properly grip the road.

Avoiding potholes

During the winter months, moisture can seep into the road surface and can cause potholes after repeated freezing and thawing, which if hit hard enough, can seriously damage your tires and wheels. If you live in an area that deals with harsh winter conditions, you should keep an eye out for serious potholes. This can be most difficult in the fall, when potholes may be obscured by leaves or other road debris carried by the autumn winds.

The faster you are driving, the more serious the damage from hitting a pothole can be. If you cannot avoid hitting a pothole, reduce your speed before hitting it, but release the brake before actually striking the pothole. Also, properly inflated tires are less susceptible to damage from potholes than underinflated tires.

If you do hit a pothole, we recommend having your tires and wheels inspected afterward for any damage. Potholes can bend and/or crack wheels and also cause irreparable damage to tires. This damage may not be noticeable to you immediately, but it can cause tire/wheel failure in the future.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, stop by your local Discount Tire and we'll get you taken care of.


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