Having your tires properly inflated as you drive around Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington will ensure that your car is performing at its best ability.
There are also various causes of why your tires may lose air, one of which is the weather. So at Fred Beans, we want to explain how to monitor tire pressure this winter so you can stay safe during the colder months.
How Does the Weather Affect My Tire Pressure?
Since the air in your tires contract when it is colder, becoming more tightly compact, this causes your tire pressure to drop. So as the days get colder, you may notice your tire pressure monitoring system dashboard light go on to warn you that your tires are underinflated.
A rule of thumb is that every 10 degrees the temperature drops your tire pressure will decrease one PSI. And since the winter usually means for more inclement weather, it is crucial you always have your tires at their recommended pressure.
Importance of Properly Inflated Tires
Having underinflated tires during the winter can change how your car drives. Tires that don’t have enough pressure will have a long braking distance and they can also affect the handling and steering control of your car.
This is extremely important since you want your car to stay in control and have proper traction during the winter when the weather can affect the road conditions. Also with underinflated tires, they will wear down at a quicker rate and also reduce the car’s overall fuel efficiency.
Monitoring Your Tire Pressure in the Winter
You should regularly check your tire pressure all year round, but especially so when the days start to become shorter and the air colder. Regardless if your tire pressure warning light goes on or not, you should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month.
It is also important to check the pressure when the tires are cold and haven’t been recently driven.
How to Check My Tire Pressure
To check your tire pressure to see if air needs to be added, you can follow this quick step-by-step guide.
- Remove the cap for the tire valve
- Take your gauge and firmly place the open end over the tire valve stem
- If using a digital gauge, read the number shown represented in PSI. If using a manual gauge, read the number where the stick pops out to see what your tire pressure is.
- Refer to your owner’s manual and compare your reading with the recommended amount given by the car manufacturer.
- Add air if reading is lower than the recommended PSI
Once you have done this process for each of the four tires, you can go ahead and put the caps back on your tire valve and get back to driving your car.
If you need to add air to any on the tires, be sure to use your gauge and check the pressure again to make sure you put enough air in them.
Schedule Your Tire Services with Us
This winter make sure to follow our guide on how to monitor your tire pressure and keep your tires safely inflated as you drive around Philadelphia, Doylestown, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington.
And if you need any help with inflating your tires or notice the tread is worn and the tires need to be rotated or replaced, you can bring your car to Fred Beans to let our trained technicians help keep your tires maintained and your car in great condition.