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Winter Driving Tips: Check Tread Depth and Tire Pressure

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - With more snow on the way, a repair shop owner wants to make sure your tires are ready for the road.

John Effertz, the owner of ATS Complete Auto Repair, says the tread depth on a new car tire is about 10/32". At 2/32", the tread is not safe for the road.

An easy way to check is to put a penny in, right-side up, and if you can see all of President Lincoln's head, it's time to get new tires.

Cold temperatures also lower tire pressure, which can cause wear on your tires and eventually handling issues.

Effertz says $600 for good tires might seem like a lot, but it's less costly in the long run.

"If it goes into the ditch or hits a curb, you could be anywhere from $1,500 to $2,000 of damage to a car. Plus, you also could have damage to property that's involved in that," said Effertz.

Mechanics say you should also check for proper wheel alignment. But even with good tires, you still need to slow down if conditions are icy or sloppy.

Dani Smith

News Producer

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