Winter is coming before you know it. That means you may get to experience the challenge of driving in snowy and icy conditions. However, if you ensure that your vehicle is ready for the changing road conditions, you’ll be able to get where you’re going just fine.
One of the most important aspects of safe winter driving is your tires. And did you know you may need a different tire pressure for this season? To help, Fred Beans has compiledthis guide. Below, drivers in Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington will find tire pressure recommendations for winter, and how to check the pressure yourself.
The Importance of Properly Inflated Tires
When your tires are inflated correctly, it gives you better gas mileage, improved traction on the road, and just makes your drive safer. If your tires are under-inflated, it could result in loss of traction, uneven wear, and serious damage that might require a new set altogether. Over-inflated tires can also cause harm to your wheels, as they are more likely to wear faster from road debris and potholes.
Because of these reasons, checking your tire pressure every month will ensure the most efficiency and security when you’re driving, especially in winter.
The Proper Tire Pressure for Winter Driving
Though most vehicle owner’s manuals will state what tire pressure is recommended during winter, there is a good rule of thumb to go by. Typically, it is best that your tires are three to five PSI (pounds per square inch) higher than in non-winter months.
Because winter tires have a more “aggressive” tread to keep traction on snow and ice, they can have a slightly reduced responsiveness. Additionally, since the weather is considerably colder, the tires will run colder. The higher PSI pressure will increase stability and offset the tire temp for a smooth and safe ride.
How to Check Tire Pressure
Now that you know how to find what PSI is best for winter driving, let’s find out how to check that pressure, so you can adjust it if needbe. To follow the steps below, you’ll need a tire pressure gauge, as well as pen and paper.
1. When your tires are cold (in the morning before you drive is the best time), take your gauge and get ready.
2. Remove the cap from one of your tires, then place the gauge on the valve stem. Make sure you press down hard enough—the hissing sound from the air releasing will stop when this happens.
3. The gauge will then display a reading. Keep track of this by writing it down.
4. Repeat these steps for every tire.
5. If you need to fill them to reach the proper PSI or let some air out, do so at this point. Then you are good to go!
Get Your Tire Pressure Checked at Fred Beans
If you do not have the proper equipment or are unsure about the PSI your tires should be, contact Fred Beans and set up an appointment today. Our certified techs can find the correct tire pressure recommendations for winter for your vehicle and will make sure they reach that level.
Our service center is always available for drivers in the Philadelphia, Mechanicsburg, and Flemington areas. Schedule a checkup and see how we can provide you with the best service around.