Cold Weather is HERE -- Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure?
It’s that time of year when temperatures may drop from summer and fall temperatures to extreme cold winter temperatures. As temperatures drop, so does the air pressure in your tires. For every 10 degree change in temperature, your tires can be expected to change by 1-2 pounds of pressure. A sudden cold front moving through causing a 50-degree temperature drop can easily drop the pressure in your tires by 10 pounds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a difference of 10 pounds tire pressure can cause a 2 percent loss of fuel economy. Even more important, driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires can also cause excessive tire wear as well as reduce the surface area of the tire in contact with the road affecting stopping distance.
Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold and use the recommended manufacturer’s setting. Those settings are located on a placard on the driver’s side door jamb or in your owner’s manual. You should check your tire pressure at least monthly or more often if temperatures have changed drastically or if you are preparing for a long road trip. It’s also a good time to check your tires for damage or excessive tire wear. Keep your tires properly inflated and you’ll save on maintenance costs and fuel!
This Fuel Saving Tip brought to you by FuelSaver Technologies Inc, manufacturer and distributor of DurAlt® Fuel Conditioner. Please drive safely!
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