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How Cold Weather Affects Tire Pressure

The chill in the wind in Lansdale, Philadelphia, and Doylestown is a cold reminder of upcoming wintery weather. It also signals the return of (what seems like) ever-present, illuminated tire pressure lights for Nissan drivers.

The seasonally common Nissan dashboard light isn’t a strange phenomenon. The drop in temperatures affects your vehicle’s tire pressure. To find out how, read the guide provided by Montgomeryville Nissan below!

How Does Cold Weather Affect Tire Pressure?

winter-tire1Every winter, the number of times your tire pressure warning light activates rises. Usually, tires lose about 1 to 2 psi for every 10 degrees of temperature change. With that said, drivers who last checked their tire pressures months ago will experience a substantially less inflation level today.

For example, if your tires are at the recommended 32 psi setting on an 85-degree day in the summer, they’d lose 5 to 10 psi on a 35-degree winter morning. That drastic decrease is enough to trigger the light on your dashboard.

When should I Inflate My Tires?

Unless your tires are severely underinflated, there’s no way to tell how full they are just by looking at them. As a result, drivers often are unaware that they’re driving with underinflated tires. So, Montgomeryville Nissan recommends you check your tires once a month and inflate as needed to maintain their appropriate pressures year round.

Without a monthly check, you’re likely to experience decreased traction and drifting and pulling as you drive, which can lead to accidents. On top of that, underinflated tires also cause excessive heat buildup, which leads to a tire blowout at highway speeds. It should go without saying that tires lacking in pressure are one of the most dangerous things for you and your car. However, if you need more convincing, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration credited it as a leading cause of automotive accidents.

Help Your Tires Beat the Winter Blues

winter-tire2In addition to checking and filling your tires once a month, you’ll also want to ensure your Nissan gets the proper tire services needed to combat the cold weather. At Montgomeryville Nissan, our team of service technicians works to ensure your tires are at the appropriate psi to avoid performance issues. They’ll also inspect each one’s overall condition as well as the state of surrounding systems for any issues. If one is spotted, we can provide the quick and quality repair required to get you back on the road safely.

As we welcome the upcoming winter season, prepare your car to take on changing weather in Lansdale, Doylestown, and Philadelphia with this automotive guide. For more ways to combat cold temperatures or to learn more about how it affects tire pressure, contact Montgomeryville Nissan today!

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