Some of us old timers may recall our old man telling us that you better not drive that car over 40 mph before you’ve driven under 40 mph for about ten minutes! The logic being that the tires needed to “warm up” in order to prevent them from sustaining damage or wearing unevenly. The good news is that this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Not back in the times of our fathers or grandfathers, but ever. Tires simply don’t need to be warmed up.
There is one rule with tires that you actually should follow. That is the rule of not letting them sit for too long. If you garage or park your car for an extended period of time, you should absolutely take it out on occasion, or put it on blocks. The reason being, tires that sit in one position for an extended period of time will develop flat spots, which can cause rapid erosion of your tires, and in some cases be outright dangerous.
If you have had your car parked for a long time, or are thinking about storing it for awhile, come in and see us. We can inspect your stored car’s tires, and recommend how to store your car properly if you are going south for the winter. If you live in Essex, Burlington, South Burlington, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne and anywhere in the State of Vermont be sure to contact Handy’s Service Center for all your auto repair needs!