MADISON (WMTV) - There was a kind of percussive synchronization that peppered the air at Discount Tire on a recent cold day, as workers busily replaced the tires on a long line of cars.
"Basically from the moment we opened we opened at 8:00, it's been non-stop, non-stop phone, non-stop customers coming through the door," said Adam Hartzheim, the assistant manager.
Employees stayed late to try and accommodate all the folks looking to be ready for wintry driving. "It's getting snowy and slippery out, thought it'd be the best idea to put some winter tires on," said Alex Rose, who was getting his ready on Wednesday. "It's been busy, I had 32 cars in front of me."
Hartzheim said the first six weeks before Christmas are usually pretty much non-stop with customers.
For those of you switching to winter tires, he says the time to change them up has less to do with snow or sleet and more to do with the temperature.
"When it's below 45 degrees on a consistent basis, you really want to put switch out to those winter tires," he said. "They're a much softer rubber and they grip that frozen ground a lot better."
If you're using all-season tires instead, you'll still want to make sure you've got good treads to handle the cold. He says the easiest way is to check the wear bar.
"Every tire comes with a wear bar now; there's a raised chunk of rubber that's on every tire," he said.
"You definitely don't want to be level with your wear bar, when you start getting just a little bit above that it's time to get your tires replaced."
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