When winter comes, you probably have a lot of things you have to be mindful of on the road. With ice and snow reducing your traction as well as the salt dirtying your sides, winter certainly isn't ideal for driving conditions. One thing that's easy to forget about is how the cold can affect your tire pressure.

If you'd like to learn how you can find your winter tire pressure recommendations, our team at New Holland Ford is here with this guide for New Holland, Lancaster, and Reading drivers.

Why Does my Tire Pressure Go Down in the Winter?

Most people who have driven in the winter have probably encountered their tire pressure dropping in the cold. It can be quite the dramatic shift that can catch you by surprise if you're not paying attention to your tire pressure during the season. So, why does it happen?

It's all because cold air makes air denser, and this applies to the air inside your tires as well. When the air in your tires gets denser, it reduces the pressure inside them. Drivers can expect to lose about one PSI of air pressure for every drop of 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Consequently, it's also important to consider your tire pressure in the summer. When temperatures get hot, the air expands, and it can increase your PSI. It's a good idea for drivers to check their tire pressure to make sure it's not above the recommended PSI.

How do I Find my Recommended Tire Pressure?

It's important for your tires to remain at a very specific pressure to ensure optimal performance. That's why it's important to check what your recommended tire pressure is. On most cars, you can find your vehicle's recommended cold PSI in the frame of the driver side door. Just open the car door and check the side of the frame and there should be a sticker.

If you can't find a sticker inside your car, there should be recommendations inside your user manual. Simply adjust your tires' PSI when the temperature starts to drop, and you should be good to drive comfortably through the entire season.

Signs of Low Tire Pressure

Having low tire pressure can have a serious effect on your vehicle's handling and performance; it's important to catch low tire pressure before it becomes an issue. In many modern vehicles, you should have a system that provides you with a read out of the pressure in each of your tires. If your tires get low enough, your vehicle should also have a low-pressure warning light.

There are also some important signs you can pay attention to while you're driving. Some of the key symptoms of low tire pressure include:

  • Lower fuel economy
  • Poor traction
  • Increased tire wear
  • A flappy sound from your tires while driving

Schedule Your Tire Service with us Today!

If you're gearing up for winter in the New Holland, Lancaster, and Reading areas, checking your tire pressure is just one of the things to do. Whether you want to have your tire pressure topped off or you want to equip yourself with a set of winter tires, just schedule a service appointment with us at New Holland Ford today!

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