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Tire pressure is one of those things that is very easy to forget about. But keeping your tires properly inflated is very beneficial-- it not only keeps you safe on the road, but also improves the handling of your vehicle and even helps your tires last longer. If you want your vehicle to perform at its most enhanced, read on!
Q: What does my tire pressure need to be?
A: This can vary from vehicle to vehicle.There should be an optimal tire pressure specified in your vehicle’s owner manual.
Q: How does the winter weather affect my tire pressure?
A: Your car’s tire pressure immediately begins to drop when winter hits. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tire pressure will drop at least 2%. It seems small, but when you think about how the weather can change 50 degrees or more from summer to winter, it becomes a lot more prevalent.
Q: How will I know if my tire pressure needs checked?
A: Your tires can either be overinflated or underinflated. When your tires are overinflated, they will produce a “harder” ride. Overinflated tires are stiff and unmovable, and they are more susceptible to everyday road occurrences such as potholes, speed bumps, and uneven surfaces. You will feel every bump on the road, and it won’t be as easy to handle your vehicle. When your tires are underinflated, they will stick flatter to the ground. The tire will start to wear down very quickly, as more of it is touching the road’s surface, and it is very dangerous to drive. You may not always know with absolute certainty if your tire pressure needs checking, which is why it is important to come in and see us if you have any suspicion at all.
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