Anyone who wants to be prepared for the situational winter equipment obligation that will apply from November 1 should make an effort to change the wheels in good time, the ÖAMTC recommended on Monday. “If there is a sudden onset of winter, the car service shops are booked up for weeks,” emphasized ÖAMTC technician Steffan Kerbl.
Before changing, the old winter tires should be checked. By law, the tread depth must be at least four millimeters throughout the winter, and depending on mileage; it should still be about six millimeters when changing. “The rubber compound hardens over time, so after about five seasons, you should consider new tires. Likewise, if cracks or other damage are visible,” says the expert. If the vehicle has tire pressure sensors, one should ensure that the winter tires have appropriate facilities.
In addition to the tires, the car itself should also undergo a winter check. ÖAMTC knows from experience that weak batteries are the most common cause of breakdowns. It should be checked if the battery is more than four years old or is only used for short trips. The frost resistance of the windshield washer and cooling systems should also be checked now.
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