Old Man Winter is a crafty fellow: some days it will feel mild, and other days you will need five layers just to stay warm. Even on the warmer days of winter, the mornings and evenings can still be cold enough to affect your tires. When your tires inflate and deflate due to the temperature of the air, it can also affect your tire pressure.
Why Tire Pressure Matters
Without tire pressure, your tires won’t work. Flat tires will prevent your vehicle from going anywhere. It’s also extremely dangerous, both to you, your passengers, and other motorists, if you try to do this. That’s why you need to keep the tire pressure at acceptable levels. If there’s not enough air, that’s just as bad as having too much.
How to Measure It
So the question is, how do you measure your current tire pressure levels? If you own a model of vehicle that was produced after 2007, then you’ll be lucky enough to have your car tell you when the tires need more air. This is because of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS. You’ll see this symbol (!) when something is wrong. A tire pressure gauge can also show you how high or low the pressure levels are.
What Happens in Cold Weather?
Colder air means a drop in PSI, pounds per square inch. This is the unit of measurement for tire pressure.
Driving with Low Pressure
Driving with low pressure is also ill-advised. In other words, don’t do it. Getting them reinflated as soon as possible is the way to go, so you need to reach an air pump of some sort. If your tire pressure is much too low, it can cause catastrophic damage to your tires, your vehicle’s undercarriage, and ruin your vehicle’s fuel economy. That’s why you should check your pressure at least once a month, especially before you get behind the wheel.
What Are Some Other Problems?
There are other reasons why your tires could be losing pressure. One of the most common is if there is a leak that you haven’t noticed before. Leaks could be caused by glass or nails on the road punching through the tire, intentional sabotage, or if the tire itself has just worn out from not being rotated or replaced. Then again, maybe it was because you hit a pothole.
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