Do you know your vehicle winter driving tire pressure…! It’s easy to forget that tires are the only point of contact between your vehicle and the road. That is why it’s extremely important to preserve the quality and performance of your tires to ensure both your safety and your mobility.

TiresDid you know, the area of your tire that’s actually in contact with the road is only about the size of your hand? Your safety, comfort and fuel economy depends on that very small area. Make sure you not only select the right tires, but also regularly maintain them to ensure they perform at their best. It’s important because your tires are the only link between your vehicle and the road, carry the entire weight of your car, a load of up to 50 times their own weight, respond to driving inputs such as steering, acceleration and braking from the car to the road surface, and Absorb every obstacle on the road.

Make sure to regularly check the tread depth of your tires and replace them when they are worn. This will guarantee maximum traction and grip, helping you avoid any unpleasant surprises. Change your tires before your tread depth is worn to 1.6mm. The tread grooves disperse water from underneath your tire, helping maintain control. The more tread depth you have remaining on your tires the more water they can disperse, reducing the risk of aquaplaning. Correct air pressure, as well as regular vehicle maintenance, will ensure your tires perform at their best for the longest possible time.

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CHECK YOUR TIRE PRESSURE EVERY MONTH:

Correct tire pressure reduces the risk of losing control of your vehicle. It also protects your tires from premature wear and irreversible damage to the internal construction. Tire pressure can drop due to small perforations, the natural escape of air (air leaks) through the tire’s components, or even from a decrease in ambient temperatures. Under or over inflation can reduce the life of your tires, affect their performance and increase the risk of damage.

Know your vehicle tire pressure

TiresUse the proper air pressure on a plaque riveted inside the driver’s front door. This is the car manufacturer’s recommended pressure, based on the weight of the car and the manufacture’s tire size. Most cars now have a tire pressure warning light that illuminates if pressures are outside 25% of baseline – if you see that, you must correct the air pressure or find out the reason for air leaks.

Too much pressure can be as bad as or worse than too little. Stiffer tires will transmit more energy from an impact to the wheels than tires that can flex a bit.

Air pressure will vary with temperature:

To get consistent readings always check your pressures before driving when the tires are cold. If you must add air to hot tires, leave a pound or two less than usual, depending on how much cold air you are adding. When cold weather comes around, make sure to check your pressures on frigid mornings – air pressure can drop about 1 psi for every 10 degree drop in temperature. Combined with cold-stiffened rubber, this loss of pressure can sometimes cause tires to spring otherwise unexplainable leaks.

Low pressure will damage your tire:

Do you know your vehicle winter driving tire pressure...!

Running at low pressure on the tire for a sustained period of time can damage the sidewall of the tire as it starts to fold over. Just a little bit of fold over will damage the sidewall of the rubber, but at a certain point the sidewall folds enough that the inner edges touch, and this will start to scrub rubber off the inside of the tires, leaving the cords exposed, and handfuls of “rubber dust” inside the tire. At that point, the tire is destroyed. 2007 model or later; will have a “low tire pressure” light on the dashboard and the benefits of TPMS is to warn you before the damage occur.

TiresAir pressure maintenance is actually one of the most important repeating maintenance items on your car. Proper air maintenance will give better gas mileage, avoid irregular wear and extend the life of your tires by thousands of miles. If it’s not part of your maintenance routine – and for millions of drivers, it’s not – you really should come and visit BINGO TIRES-Charlotte once a month.