Winter Weather Hazards

Winter is coming. And Winter in Colorado Springs is no joke. Have you really taken a look at your vehicle and checked to see if you are ready to face the snow covered roads in the coming months? At Larry H. Miller Toyota of Colorado Springs, we want to help you prepare for the upcoming Winter season. Check out some of the tips and tests at home to have a safe and enjoyable winter season. If you need additional help getting ready, we will help you! Just give us a call at (866) 554-0772 or come down and visit us at 15 East Motor Way, Colorado Springs to make sure you're all ready for Winter. Ready to schedule service now? Click Here.

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Tread Depths for All Season Tires

During the initial walk around at Toyota of Colorado Springs, the service advisor will provide a complimentary tire inspection to ensure your safety on the road.

Tread equals traction. A great way to measure tread is with a tread depth gauge.
If the tread depth gauge measures tires at 6/32" or above, there is still useable-safe tread. That is why it shows "green."

If the tread depth gauge measures tires at 4/32" - 5/32", that means caution! It's time to replace your tires soon. That is why the color is "yellow."

When a tire measures 3/32" and below, it means definite replacement. That is why the color is "red."

Tires affect how soon you stop on a wet road. (Take a look at the stopping distance poster)
If you lose too much tread, you could lose control.

On a wet road going 60 mph, it took a professional driver an additional 8.4 car lengths longer to stop on tires measuring 4-5 32nds.

On a wet road going 60 mph with tires measuring 2- 32nds, it took a professional driver nearly 10 car lengths longer to stop.
Newer tread will help you accelerate, brake, and corner properly on wet and dry roads.
Quick At Home Tread Depth Test

Here's a quick and affordable tread test: Place a quarter upside down into a tread groove. If part of Washington's head is covered by the tread, you're good to go. If you can see all of his head, it's new tire time!
Proper tire maintenance can make all the difference in your tires' safety, life, and performance.

An easy way to remember the 4 tire essentials is: "Be SMART, Play your TIRE P.A.R.T." (Pressure. Alignment. Rotation. Tread)

Pressure: Make sure your tires are properly inflated.
Alignment: Make sure to align your vehicle once a year, at 15,000 miles, or have your alignment checked at any indication of trouble such as "pulling."
Rotation: Rotating tires every 5,000 miles can prevent uneven tire wear.
Tread: Tread equals traction. Visually check for uneven wear or damage and make sure your tires are not worn down to 3 32nds or less. Once they reach 3 32nds, the tires are in the red and need immediately replacement. 

LHM Colorado Springs stock the right Toyota tires for your Toyota.
Winter Tire Safety

Do you drive when temperatures hit 45°F or below? If you do, winter tires can help improve your ability to handle, turn, and stop safely- even on dry roads.

Winter tires are made with Special Rubber for Cold Temperatures (45 degrees and below), keeping them flexible in cold weather.

The tread pattern is specific for winter tire driving challenges. Winter tires provide deep grooves for deep snow. Ever made a snowball? It's possible because snow actually sticks to itself quite well. Grooves that dig into and trap snow help winter tires stick to snowy roads, which helps to keep you moving forward.

Sipes for Slippery Roads. Winter tires are covered with tons sipes which create multiple edges that help grip wet, snowy, and icy roads.

Proven Winter Performance-Tires marked with the Mountain and Snowflake symbol, or Alpine symbol, meet or exceed the requirements to be called winter tires.
At 60 MPH on snowy pavement, winter tires require 310 ft. to stop. All-season tires require more than double that (668 ft.)
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