Virginia Beach Auto Repair

Tire Pressure in Winter

You may notice when the weather turns colder, the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) light on your dashboard lights up more frequently.  It is important that you check your tire pressure regularly during the winter to help keep the TPMS light off and your vehicle safe.  It is common at this time of year for your TPMS light to come on.  You will often see this on the coldest mornings.  If it warms up later in the day, the light may turn off but it’s likely that tires will still be a few PSI under inflated. This is why it’s important to check tire pressure regularly.  According to the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, for every 10 degree drop in the temperature, tire pressure decreases one to two pounds per square inch (PSI).  Checking the tire pressure is important for vehicle safety, tire life and gas mileage.  Incorrect tire pressure can lower gas mileage by 0.3 percent for every one PSI drop in pressure of all four tires and improve fuel efficiency by up to 3.3 percent when the correct tire pressure is maintained.  Here at “Integrity Car Care & Tires”, we recommend checking tire pressure at least monthly. It is important to note that newer cars with tire pressure monitoring systems may not alert you until the tire is significantly under-inflated, so you may want to check it more frequently.  It is important to check tire pressure whenever there is a significant weather change and more often during the winter months.