Time to Check Your Tires - Tommy's Automotive

Time to Check Your Tires

cold air pressureWinter may be one of the most important times to stay on top of vehicle maintenance. Cold weather can be hard on vehicles, so making sure your oil is changed, the gas tank is full, and your tires are in excellent shape can help you stay safe on winter roads. Inspecting the tire pressure and tread regularly will ensure your safety and keep your vehicle’s health in check.

Temperature and Your Tires

It is very important to remember that temperature can affect tire pressure (typically 10 degrees increases pressure by 1 psi). Many people may go to drive somewhere when the temperature takes its first dip in the fall/winter, and find that their air pressure sensor goes off. It is important to check your air pressure as soon as you notice the weather getting colder.

If your tires were filled in the winter, you can expect a higher psi in the summer months. Likewise, if you fill your tires at the beginning of the fall season, they may become under-inflated when it gets colder. Maintaining the correct tire pressure is especially important in the winter months, as having an under-inflated set of tires is going to severely impact your gas mileage and could lead to tire failure on the road. If you need to fill your tires, please use this map to find a location near you that has a free air pump.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Having the right kind of pressure in your tires is important to ensure your tires last a long time and don’t cause a blowout while you are driving. The best part is that you don’t need to be a mechanic to check this!  Not all vehicles are created equally, so the first step to checking your tire pressure is to look up the recommended psi for your specific make/model. Most vehicles recommend keeping their tires between 27 and 32 psi for each tire. Having the right tool to check tire pressure is also vital. You can find a tire pressure gauge at most stores that have an automotive department. They are relatively affordable and easy to use.

Checking the Tread

You have probably heard the old adage that if you stick a penny in the tread of your tires and see Lincoln’s forehead it is time for a new set of tires. This is a great initial test to check the wear on your tires. The tread on your tires assists your vehicle’s ability to control and navigate safely through the elements. Without tread, driving through mud, water, and snow can become incredibly dangerous. As your tread gets worn down, the lining of your tire becomes thinner. The thinner it becomes incredibly slippery. This will allow your vehicle to hydroplane, get stuck, and even puts you at risk for a blowout. So, heed the advice of your grandparents and grab a penny for the road.

Trusted Auto Repair in West Chester

If you discover you need a tire repair, or you need help with any aspects of vehicle maintenance, please come into our shop or contact us and we would be happy to assist you. Sometimes, the unfortunate happens – so if you end up in an accident and need auto repair in West Chester, trust us with your vehicle. Be safe this winter!