Tire Maintenance, Tire Rotation, Tire Air Pressure, Tire Tread DepthWell, it looks like Southern California will receive record-breaking rain in 2023, ending the drought in many cities. As great as that is, we all know that driving in the rain can be stressful. Give yourself peace of mind and schedule a rainy-season tire maintenance service at your local service station. They will perform a tire rotation, check the tire air pressure, and inspect the tire tread depth. Below are also some safety tips to remember when driving in wet weather.

Tire Maintenance

Tire maintenance schedules can vary greatly depending on many factors. A vehicle’s make and model, environment, and driving style can impact your routine tire service intervals. Always follow your manufacturer’s recommendations as outlined in your owner’s manual. Ask your auto technician for input if your needs differ from those suggestions. Proper tire maintenance is important for your safety and that of others.

Tire Rotation

Many motorists should pay more attention to tire rotation in their general tire maintenance routines since it is one of the simplest add-ons to an oil change service. Regularly rotating tires ensure they wear more evenly and can increase their life by preventing premature or excessive tire tread wear. Drivers who put more than 12,000 miles on their tires annually should schedule tire rotation every six months.

Tire Air Pressure

Did you know that less than 20% of drivers maintain the correct tire air pressure? Vehicles with the proper tire air pressure experience better traction in wet conditions. Check the air pressure monthly to get the most out of your tires. A digital air pressure gauge is more accurate than the old-school stick-style gauge. Additionally, always fill your tires to the recommended pressure noted in your owner’s manual or on the sticker found in the driver’s side door jam. The pressure rating located on the tire sidewall is the maximum pressure the tire is rated for, not the recommended tire air pressure.

Tire Tread Depth

Most new, all-weather tires have between 9/32” and 11/32″ of tread. Auto experts agree you should replace your tires when they reach a tire tread depth of 2/32″. Low tire tread depth significantly reduces traction and the ability to divert water, increasing the chance of hydroplaning. A tire tread depth gauge can be purchased online or at most auto parts stores. They are easy to use and can keep you apprised of your tread depth when used regularly.

Tire Life

Numerous studies have shown that tires have a shelf life. The rubber compounds in tires degrade over time, so even if the tire has plenty of tread, its age may require replacement. Most auto manufacturers recommend replacing your tires every six years. In contrast, tire manufacturers say their tires can last up to 10 years. Inspecting your tires frequently for signs of wear and damage is in your best interest. Once they reach the 4-5 year mark, have your auto technician check them during every maintenance service.

Wet Weather Driving Safety Tips

Driving safely in the rain requires more diligence from the driver. The most crucial first step is having a properly maintained vehicle. Once your automobile is in rain-ready shape, take the next step and educate yourself with these driving safety tips.

  • Slow down – Reduce your speed by about a third when it’s wet or raining to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Maintain proper tire air pressure.
  • Avoid sudden stops and excessive acceleration.
  • Do not drive through large pools of water.
  • Increase the distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you.
  • Drive in the middle of your lane.
  • Follow in the tire tracks left by the automobile in front of you.
  • Do not use cruise control.
  • Replace worn, damaged, or old tires.
  • Schedule routine tire maintenance.


Hydroplaning happens when your vehicle’s tires lose contact with the road surface due to wet conditions. While it can be an upsetting experience, it is essential not to panic. Remain calm, look and steer straight ahead, and gently release the gas pedal. Do not slam on the brakes. If you need to slow down, apply the brakes enough to engage the ABS (if equipped) or lightly pump the brakes if you do not have ABS. Once the traction has resumed, continue driving at a reduced speed.

Tire Maintenance & Tire Rotation

Let Wentworth Automotive answer all your tire-related questions. Proper tire maintenance can save money and help prevent car collisions during the rainy season. Our qualified technicians will gladly assist you if your vehicle needs a tire rotation or simply check the tire air pressure.

Schedule Your Tire Maintenance Reservation

Contact us today online or call (858) 541-1044 to schedule a tire rotation and alignment reservation.