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AAA says now's the time to prepare vehicles for winter

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AAA cautioned drivers not to get caught with their tires down.

The auto club said on Monday that now is the time to get vehicles ready for the winter season.

With temperatures expected to drop into the 30s this week according to the Early Warning Forecast, worn tires can increase a driver's risk of skidding or spinning out when the flakes inevitably fly once winter arrives.

"Your tires are literally where the rubber meets the road - the only point of contact for your vehicle," said Amy Parmenter, AAA spokesperson. "A simple check of tire pressure and tread depth could save you more than time and money. It could save your life."

AAA recommended these steps:

  1. Check the tread.
  2. Check the tire pressure by using a quality gauge and make sure tires are cold.

The auto club also recommended periodically checking the air in the spare tire as well. That should be done once a month to make sure it's road-ready in the event of an emergency.

October is car care month, so AAA recommended "AIR" - alignment, inspection and rotation for optimal tire performance.

Alignment refers to checking tire alignment every 6 months.

Inspection is to make sure tire pressure is where it should be.

Rotation is recommended by most tire manufacturers after every 6,000 miles.

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