FAQ


WHEN DO I NEED TO CHANGE MY SUMMER/WINTER TIRES?
According to the State of Alaska Department of Transportation website (www.dot.alaska.gov), studded tires are not allowed from May 1st to September 15th for all communities north of Ninilchik. If you live in Anchor Point, Homer, Kodiak or a city or town in Southeast Alaska, you must remove your studded tires by April 15th.


ARE MY TIRES PROPERLY INFLATED?
The tire pressure you use should be comparable to the tire pressure the vehicle manufacturer recommends. This information can normally be found on a sticker on the inside of the driver's door. Tire pressure requirements may change depending on the type of vehicle and the type and size of tire. Manufacturer recommendations should always be followed for safety purposes.

WHY DO I HAVE TO BUY NEW WINTER TIRES?
Depending on the depth of your tire tread, you may need to purchase new winter tires every few years or so. This also depends on how much you drive your vehicle, and what type of terrain you are driving on. When a winter/snow tire has worn to about 6/32", it's ability to provide beneficial snow traction will start to diminish.

WHY CAN'T I USE JUST TWO WINTER TIRES?
If you were to use just two winter tires on the front or rear of your vehicle, you would lose balance and traction, possible causing you to lose control of the vehicle if you were to hit a patch of ice or snow. If your car has an anti-lock brake system (ABS), the system effectiveness would be diminished.

WHAT IS THE SIZE OF TIRE I NEED?
Most automobile manufacturers will list the recommended tire size in the automobile manual or on their website. If you cannot find either, give us a call! We're here to help you with all of your tire needs.
 

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