How To Store Your Car's Winter Tires
Part of the change of seasons means getting your vehicle geared up for the seasonal change as well -- cleaning out your truck, stocking your car with spring and summer equipment, and, perhaps most importantly, removing the winter tires. Your winter tires, once removed, should be kept safe and secure so that they are ready, and safe to use the following winter. Below are some tips for how to safely store your car’s winter tires.
Inspect them first
The first thing to do before storing your car’s winter tires is to give them a thorough inspection. Winter driving is tough on tires, which is why winter tires are designed to be able to stand up to whatever the winter throws at them. That being said, you should make sure that there are no major cracks or deterioration before you put them away for the spring and summer, or you will find yourself with tires that are not safe to put back on your vehicle the following winter.
Bag your tires
The rubber in your tires contains oil that, when left exposed to the elements for a long period of time, can actually evaporate, leaving you with cracked and damaged tires that will be less able to do what they are designed to do: grip the road in winter conditions and keep you safe. Placing your tires in opaque, hole-free plastic bags and then vacuuming all the air out before placing them into self storage will ensure that they are well protected from humidity, or a lack of it.
If you are going to be storing your winter tires at home and not in a self storage facility, you are going to want to keep them away from things that emit carbon monoxide, such as furnaces, HVACs and sump pumps. They should be kept in a cool, dry place that is free of humidity fluctuations. Your attic is not a suitable place for your winter tires.
If you are going to be storing your winter tires in a self storage unit, you should probably consider opting for one that has climate control features. If your home’s attic is not a good place to store tires, then a non-climate-controlled self storage unit is going to be an equally unsuitable place.
Your winter tires are not just another replaceable car accessory that can be left sitting out in the open during the summer. If you live in an area of the country with severe winter driving conditions, you need tires that are going to be able to stand up to them. Keep the above winter tire storage considerations in mind and ensure that your tires are always able to keep up with the winter.