Why Should You Check Your Tire Pressure When Temperature Changes

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Flat TireTire pressure helps tires keep traction and maintain durability. In order to maximize performance, tire must be properly inflated. Air pressure takes the brunt of the weight of a vehicle, not the tire. That’s why you should check your tires often and add air to them whenever they are low.

Temperatures Rise and Tires Deflate

Gas expands when it’s hot and contracts when it’s cold. Temperatures rise and fall depending on the season. Extreme temperatures take their toll on tires. That’s why your car care kit should include a tire gauge. Keep it in your glove box so you can measure the tire pressure of each of your tires at any given moment.

Know the Recommended Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle

Read your owner’s manual for recommendations. Test tires in the morning before the temperatures rises. The recommended amount of tire pressure is based on cold inflation pressure. If a tire is exposed to sunlight, the gas expands making it seem inflated when it’s not.

The Rule of Thumb

For every 10 degrees F, tire pressure adjusts by 1 psi. If the temps fall 10 degrees, tire pressure decreases by 1 psi. In North America, tires fluctuate 5 psi between the hottest and coldest months of the year.

Things That Affect Tire Pressure

• Sunlight

• Driving

• Garage Temperature

Checking tire pressure before leaving the driveway or parking lot is advised. That way if you need air, you can drive to a filling station to get some before your tire deflates even more. Properly inflated tires prevent blow outs and accidents from occurring.

The last thing you want to happen while driving down a highway is to have your tire burst and lose control of your vehicle. Think safety first. Keep your tire gauge nearby and constantly check your tires this summer.

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