Proper tire pressure is vital in cold weatherProper tire pressure is vital in cold weather
Keeping your tires properly pressured is an important element during winter. Your tires lose 1-2 pounds per month naturally, but did you know that for every 10 degrees the outside temperature drops, your tires lose 1 PSI (pounds per square inch)? Expect to inflate your tires during the cold months.
Without properly inflated tires, your car may experience:
-----Increased stopping time and more skidding, and when the roads are slick from rain or ice, stopping time is important.
-----Poor fuel economy. Gas mileage can drop 0.2% for every 1 PSI drop. It may not seem like much, but over time, it adds up.
-----With low PSI, your tires are more vulnerable to damage which means a decrease in tire lifespan.
Especially if you park your car outside, check your tire's pressure monthly or during cold snaps. Avoid gas station air pressure readers because they are often broken and inaccurate due to high use and abuse which could give you a false sense of security. Use your own gauge. If you check your pressure with a "pencil" style gauge, know what the optimum PSI should be; sometimes this information is located on a placard in the glove box, inside door or fuel door. Don't use the number off the tire as this is the maximum PSI your tire can inflate to.
Cold weather can cause havoc with tires, visibility and driving. And while you cannot control the snow or other drivers, you can control your car's ability to perform at its best. Come into Lance's Superior Auto where we will inflate your tires properly with any maintenance and let's make sure your car is performing its best this winter.
Lance's Superior Auto Service
30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070