How the Cold Affects Tires

Jan 8, 2024 | Common Questions

As the cold season sets in, it’s crucial to be mindful of your vehicle’s tire performance through proper winter maintenance. Tire pressure and traction are key aspects within your control, and understanding their dynamics is essential.

The correlation between temperature and tire pressure is noteworthy, with a drop of 1-2 PSI for every 10°C (50°F) decrease in temperature. This explains why Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensors often signal low tire pressure during winter. To counteract this effect, regular tire pressure checks are imperative throughout the winter months. Neglecting this aspect can compromise road traction and accelerate tire wear, emphasizing the importance of maintaining optimal PSI levels.

Beyond pressure concerns, colder temperatures can render tires less flexible, impacting their elasticity and, consequently, road control. This underscores the advantages of utilizing winter tires in colder climates. These specialized tires not only feature enhanced traction through their unique tread design but also employ materials that ensure improved flexibility and overall performance in chilly conditions. Taking proactive measures to address these factors can significantly contribute to safer and more efficient driving during winter.

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