Tire maintenance is always important, however it is even more crucial to take care of your tires in the winter. Not only will this save you money over the long haul by reducing the cost of replacing your tires, but it will also keep you and your passengers safe on the roadways. A large part of keeping your tires in top shape in the winter involves your tire pressure. Maintaining the correct tire pressure can become a challenge in the winter months. When the temperature drops, your tires lose pressure. In fact, for every 10 degrees that the temperature drops, your tire car lose approximately 1 pound per square inch (PSI) of pressure. Every make and model has a specific recommendation for what the tire pressure should be. This can be found in your owner’s manual or you can contact your Dominion Motor’s service department and we can let you know the numbers to keep your tires operating at. At any rate, maintaining those levels is very important. The good news…it is easy to do!
First, pay attention to the weather. If there is a serious drop in temperature from one day to the next, then you may want to check out your pressure to make sure you tires are still in good shape. If you are fortunate to have a garage to house your car or truck, you will actually need to pay even more attention to your tires than someone who doesn’t. Your vehicle will go from more drastic differences in temperatures and you don’t want the false feeling of warmth that your tires are experiencing in your garage to cause you problems in the cold.
If you are unsure how to check the tire pressure in your car or truck, contact your local Dominion Motor’s service department, where we can easily show you how to properly check the pressure in your Thunder Bay GMC trucks!