Tire Pressure vs. Cold Winter Weather

As frigid temperatures start to close in on central Indiana, it might be time to put some thought to your tire pressure. When you’re driving in very cold weather on icy roads, you want to be sure that your car can handle the driving conditions. At Joe’s Service Department, our expert mechanics can perform all the necessary maintenance on your tires – and much more – plus emergency repairs to ensure you are safe on the road.

Check Your Tire Pressure in Winter

The Science of Cold Air

When air temperature drops, molecules in the air move slower and clump together more closely, thus taking up less space. When the temperature goes up, molecules move faster and move farther away from each other. With respect to your tires, cold air means the tire pressure will drop. In fact, your tires may lose 1-2 pounds per square inch (PSI) for every 10℉ decrease in temperature. It’s particularly important to keep this in mind when Indianapolis experiences sudden changes in temperature.

How to Maintain Tire Pressure

Make it a habit to check your tire pressure at the gas station about every other time you fill up during the wintertime. Or, you can use a tire pressure gauge at home. These can be purchased for less than $10. Your tires’ recommended PSI should be located inside the front door as a reference.

Drive Right This Winter

With properly inflated tires, you’ll have better fuel economy, more responsive braking, and longer tire lifespan. So don’t leave your safety on the road up to chance this winter. With just a few dollars, you can make sure your tires can handle the weather. Does your car need a little more work? From tune-ups to oil changes, alignment to suspension, Joe’s Service Department will get you on your way in no time. If you have a feeling that your automobile isn’t running at its full potential, contact our office at (317) 405-8456 to schedule an appointment.

Source: Firestone Complete Auto Care

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