In the winter months, your car can really take a beating. There may be snow or ice, rough driving conditions, bad roads and pot holes, and other hazards to deal with. It also means your car will take salt from road treatments and other elements as well.
Check Your Tire Pressure Often in Winter
It’s very important that you practice proper car care maintenance in the winter months because you don’t want to break down in bad weather or get stranded someplace. One very important part of winter car care is taking care of your tires. In addition to making sure they are free of holes or worn tread, you also need to check the tire pressure.
A lot of vehicle owners simply don’t realize this important tip. Due to the colder weather, your tire pressure may drop. This can cause a variety of issues. If you have a newer vehicle, you may have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard. If you see this come on, it means you need to check your tire pressure and add more air to low pressure tires for the best, safest driving conditions.
According to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, tire pressure decreases one to two pounds per square inch (PSI). Your tire pressure may drop more in the morning when it’s coldest, and the light could go off later in the day when it warms up. It’s still important to check the pressure of the tires and add air if needed. Tires that are low on air are more likely to rupture or have other issues.
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