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Ready for Montana’s icy roads? Better check your tires

Posted at 10:24 AM, Oct 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-12 12:24:58-04

BELGRADE – It’s important to get your vehicle ready for your winter, especially your tires with winter weather already knocking on the door.

If you haven’t considered your tires for the winter, October is the month to do that.

“We’ve been doing about 125 cars a day here,” Interwest Service Manager, Will Anderson said. “It’s very important to get set up with the weather changing and the road conditions changing and some people from out of state aren’t aware of that.”

It’s important to check the surface of your tires to see if you’ll need new ones for the upcoming winter season.

“Most tires have siping which are all the little lines, which are the little lines that cut through the tread. If your siping is gone, your winter traction is going to be minimal,” Interwest tire Sales and Technician, Brandon Grace said.

“They have what is called a wear indicator, and it’s a small line in each groove of the tread and as that becomes visible, you know that that’s worn down and you know that there isn’t any tread to funnel the slush or ice out of the way.”

It’s important to consider what vehicle you’re driving, how much, and where you drive.

“Most of our Big Sky customers, we like to set them up with the best of the best with a specific snow tire. Some people are just commuting locally in the valley, can get away with a good all-seasoned tire,” Anderson added.

Customers should consider traction and noise when picking a stud or a studless tire. Interwest Tire Factory suggests that you have your winter tires on by Halloween.

-Carson Vickroy reporting for MTN News