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How Cold Weather Affects Tire Pressure

 

With the cold months ahead, your car is at liberty of being damaged by the frigid winter breeze. Many people do not think twice about their tire pressure during the winter months, but an underinflated tire can be a recipe for disaster. With our knowledge on tire pressure at TreadHunter, protecting your car should be a breeze this winter.

 

Cold Weather Deflates Your Tires

The freezing temperatures of the air in the winter months tend to have a negative effect on your tire pressure. Cold temperatures cause your tire to underinflate, whereas hotter temperatures cause them to overinflate. Checking your tire pressure at least a few times per month will help you stay on top of it. Some cars have a built-in tire monitoring system, but for others you will need to use a tire-checking gauge.

 

Underinflated Tires Cause Blowouts

When driving with one or more underinflated tires, your risk of having a blowout vastly increases. Not only do blowouts put the driver at risk, but also everyone else on the road. Depending on the severity, a blowout could cause the tire to combust, breaking off into debris and shrapnel. The blowout may even cause you to lose control of the car and crash, putting the lives of others at risk. Don’t rely on eyeballing your tire and take the time to properly check your tire pressure with a gauge. It only takes a few minutes and can save your life.

 

Decreased Tire Usability

Driving with an underinflated tire causes the original shape of the tire to become deformed. The more and more you drive without enough pressure – the constant wear and tear will cause your tire to bend. Bending of the tire builds up internal heat, causing an increase in rolling distance that lowers the fuel economy by five percent. Bending can also cause your tires’ tread life to be reduced by up to 25 percent. Your steering and corner stability may suffer as well, making it much more difficult to drive. Once your tire loses more than 6psi, you should add air to your tires, but anything below that is fine.

Lowers the Amount of Weight Your Car Can Carry

Each car has a weight maximum in which they can hold or carry. If your tires are underinflated, that weight limit decreases. It can be extremely detrimental to you and your vehicle if you overload your car especially on bad tires. For example, if you have a truck and you’re used to driving around with heavy amounts of weight in the bed, by the time you get down the street your truck will be down to its frame. A few minutes of tire maintenance will save you from a lot of trouble.

Purchase New Tires from TreadHunter

Do you need a new set of tires? Or how about a spare set for the winter or summer? Here at TreadHunter, we have different seasonal tires and many different brands for you to choose from. Give us a call today at (888)-847-3755 for more information.