How Winter Weather Affects Tires
Drivers in the Duluth area have certainly seen more than their fair share of winter weather this year. With this colder weather, you may need to pay more attention to your car, especially its tires, which may be reacting to the difference in temperatures and road conditions.
Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure
To keep your tires in good condition, it is important to pay attention to their air pressure. Driving with under-inflated tires can increase your chance of getting into an accident, especially when the roads are icy. Proper inflation is needed to maintain control with icy conditions, in addition to maintaining optimal gas mileage.
With newer cars, you are alerted to changes in tire pressure through sensors in your tires, but with older vehicles, you do not have this luxury. As a rule, for every 10 degrees that the temperature drops, you will lose about 1 PSI of pressure in your tires. This decrease will continue to add up and could drop the pressure below the recommended 5 PSI fluctuation. It is important to check your tire pressure regularly throughout the winter season.
Make Sure Your Tires are Properly Aligned
Another winter weather hazard to your tires is the amount of potholes that appear on the roads. Potholes can wreak havoc with your alignment, which in turn can damage your tires if not addressed. Poor alignment can cause your tires to wear abnormally and decrease your control while driving.