February is the rainy season in and around Los Angeles. Our average precipitation this month is 3.68 inches.
That's not much compared to the nearly 10 inches Miami gets in October, or the 7 inches that fall each August in Mobile, Alabama.
But if you're driving on worn tires, it doesn't take much rain to make our highways dangerously slick.
"We see it all the time. When it rains, tire sales increase," said Chris Mitsos, Vice President of Mountain View Tire and Auto Service. "When the roads are even a little bit wet, people realize how poorly worn tires handle and how much longer it takes to stop their car."
"The tread on any tire is there for one basic reason: to funnel any water through the tire so the car doesn't hydroplane and lose contact with the road," said Mitsos. "The lower the tread depth, the more dangerous the tire is on even slightly wet roads."
There's any easy way to make sure your tires are ready for the rain this month and throughout the year: pull up to any Mountain View Tire and Auto Service location in southern California for a free tire inspection. We'll check your tread depth, tire pressure, and the condition of your sidewalls, all free of charge.
Tread depth is too important to your safety to ignore, so please stop in soon.