Change in temperature means change in tire pressure

POSTED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 11:18am
UPDATED: Friday, November 16, 2012 - 2:50pm

The change in temperature goes hand-in-hand with a change in tire pressure.

Your tires lose pressure in the winter because it’s cooler in the morning, and the temperature rises throughout the day. So, mechanics say it’s important to get your pressure checked at least once a month this time of year. If you don’t, you could face a blowout or even hydroplaning in icy or rainy weather.

“The biggest problem is a blowout. When the tire pressure gets low, on your tires, the sidewall generates up heat while you’re traveling. Which, this will cause a blowout,” said Jerry Current, owner and operator of Jerry’s Tire House in Waco.

Pressure checks are typically free at your local tire shop. Or, by using the standard pressure rates printed on the inside of your car door, you can use a device to check it yourself.

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