May 16, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Cold temperatures bring on tire troubles

3 min read

During the first few weeks of 2022, AAA Oklahoma’s Roadside Rescuers responded to an average of 89 calls a day for tire issues from members. That’s higher than in 2019, when more drivers were commuting to offices and in-person activities. Neglecting critical tire maintenance can result in increased expense or even worse, tragedy on the road.

AAA research indicates that when driving on worn tires at highway speeds, stopping distances increase by 43 percent compared to new tires, putting drivers and their passengers at more risk.

Tires need to be properly inflated to adjust for colder temperatures. Those that aren’t are more likely to result in a flat or blowout and tires with worn tread are more likely to result in a crash. AAA urges drivers to check tread depth, replace tires proactively and increase following distances significantly when roadways are wet or snow-covered.