Should You Change Your Car Tire Pressure in Winter?

Close up of car tires covered in snow

Winter driving is challenging and has its own struggles. As a measure to enjoy smooth and safe driving all throughout the cold months, most drivers install winter tires, as they provide greater traction and control on slippery, icy, or snowy roads. But, did you know that, along with putting snow tires, getting the right tire pressure is also important? Simply put, the tire pressure in winter varies from what you usually have the rest of the year. Read on to learn from the experts at S&B Keswick what the ideal tire pressure should be in winter, as well as the importance of it to continue enjoying a comfortable driving experience. 

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How Does the Cold Weather Affect Tire Pressure?

As the temperature slips, the air pressure in your car tires drops. This is because gases have a propensity to contract when exposed to cold temperatures. Moreover, the moisture in the air condenses on the surface of the tire, which eventually causes pressure loss. Another factor that affects tire pressure is your location, especially when living in areas with high elevations, as the tires lose pressure with every added meter of altitude. The changes in tire pressure in cold weather also lead to decreased fuel efficiency, compromised traction control, as well as an inability to handle and stabilize the vehicles on road surfaces covered in snow or slush. 

What is the Ideal Pressure For Your Winter Tires? 

The industry-trained technicians at S&B Keswick Motors recommend keeping the tire pressure between 30 to 35 PSI during winter. As a rule of thumb, you should always keep your tire pressure slightly high in cold temperatures to compensate for the automatic pressure drop. Also, remember that the ideal pressure may vary depending on different factors, including your car model, type and drivetrain system. For example, the perfect tire pressure for pickup trucks with an all-wheel drive system is typically 35 PSI. Moreover, you can also refer to the owner’s manual to find the right tire pressure values for your vehicle. 

Schedule a Tire Service at S&B Keswick Motors

Need tire service? Trust the technicians and mechanics at S&B Keswick Motors, who have years of experience and knowledge in taking care of all Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. You can also call us in at 844-510-1513 or visit our website to book a service appointment at the ideal time and date at your convenience.