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Do You Need Winter Tires in South Carolina

Do You Need Winter Tires in South Carolina | Greer, SC

Here in South Carolina, we have relatively mild winters. This means very little snow and reasonable temperatures. For many of us, this also means we don’t have to make the switch to winter tires. However, if you do a lot of night driving, or you enjoy spending time in the mountains, you may need a set of winter tires.

Most vehicles are equipped with all-season tires. These tires perform fine in most driving conditions. However, when the temperatures are consistently below 46 degrees Fahrenheit, the rubber can start to harden, and they won’t perform as well.

Winter tires are designed with a unique rubber compound that stays soft even when the temperatures drop below freezing. They also come with a unique tread pattern that cuts through water, snow, and ice to give you superior traction in winter conditions.

In winter driving conditions, winter tires are going to give you better acceleration, better braking, and better cornering.

While buying a second set of tires for your vehicle may feel like an unnecessary cost in South Carolina, winter tires will prolong the life of your all-season tires. They also offer added safety and may help you avoid an accident caused by slippery winter roads, which can come in handy if you do a lot of seasonal traveling to colder places. If you do decide to make the switch, make sure you get a full set of winter tires to give you the best traction.

You’ve got questions about your tires, and Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC has the answers. Visit our dealership in Greer, South Carolina, and we’ll tell you what you need to know about winter tires, rotations, and more.

Signs You Need Brake Service

Signs You Need Brake Service | Greer, SC

Your brakes are one of the most important safety features on your car. This is why it is so important to pay attention to them and get them serviced regularly at Bradshaw Automotive. Here are four signs that your brakes need service.

  1. Worn pads: Most vehicles today are equipped disc brakes. This type of brake system uses brake pads that squeeze against a rotor when the brake pedal is pressed. With the continual rubbing, the brake pad will gradually wear out. When the brake pads are worn out, it is time for a new set.
  2. Squealing sounds: Many brake pads are designed with built-in wear indicators. These are small metal pieces that will rub against the brake rotor when the pads are getting too thin. You should only hear this sound when actively apply the brakes.
  3. Pulling to one side: If your car starts pulling to one side while braking, this could be a sign your brakes need attention. You could have a malfunctioning brake caliper, uneven brake pads, or a problem with your brake fluid.
  4. Vibrations: When you brake hard, you will usually feel a rapid vibration coming through the brake pedal. However, under normal braking conditions, you should not feel this. If you do, this could be a sign of warped brake rotors.

If your brakes need service, heed the signs and visit Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC of Greer. We’ll make sure you’ve got all the stopping power you need for your summer adventures in South Carolina.

Auto Maintenance Tips for Back-To-School

Auto Maintenence Tips | Greer, SC

The following auto maintenance tips will help you prepare for the back-to-school season.

Check your brakes

The worst thing about driving to school is the traffic. Often, there will be other drivers dropping off students (or students driving themselves), as well as students crossing the street and parking lot. To help keep everyone safe, it’s good to have brakes that respond quickly. Have your brakes checked to make sure everything’s in working order.

Inspect tires

How long have you had your tires? An underinflated or worn tire can be a hazard in a school parking lot. Not only do worn tires have less traction, increasing stopping distance when you put on the brakes, but underinflated tires are at a higher risk of a blowout. Want to check if your tire tread has good traction at home? Just do the Penny Test; take a penny and place it upside-down in one of your tire’s grooves. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it’s time for new tires.

Optimize visibility

Summer is ending, which means days will be getting shorter, so driving to school in the morning will require functioning headlights. Check to make sure all your exterior lights are in working order. Plus, you should also swap those wipers and make sure the wiper fluid reservoirs are full.

Contact Bradshaw Automotive for all your auto maintenance needs.