As a quick science reminder, when temperatures rise or fall, pressure changes. In lower temperatures, molecules move slower and are huddled closer together. In warmer weather, the opposite happens and molecules move faster and further away from one another. This will have a direct correlation on your tires and in Calgary’s swinging weather where chinooks result in large temperature changes, your tires will lose or gain 0.19 pounds per square inch (PSI) for every degree change your tires are exposed to.
So, if you’re wondering if you should inflate your tires in cold weather, TireForce says yes, and here’s why.
Low tire pressure can increase braking time and this could be dangerous if you should find yourself needing to brake suddenly. With lower tire pressure, you are also increasing your car’s contact with the road which increases your fuel consumption, costing you more money.
Another significant expense is having to buy new tires entirely much sooner than anticipated because lower tire pressure affects your grip and handling of the road, resulting in damaged tires that need to be replaced faster.
TireForce is Calgary’s mobile tire expert. When you need to purchase new tires or need tire repair in Calgary, we come to your location. Soon we’ll be in the season of winter tire changes and this too we can perform at your location. When we come out to service your tires, we will assess the health of your tires, offer any recommendations that may be noticed by our team of mobile tire experts, and answer any questions you may have.
We will remind you to check your tire pressure regularly before you drive, even in cold weather. If you’re not sure how to do that, we will show you. Obtaining a cold reading (before you drive) on your tires is more accurate to their true pressure since tires heat up and naturally increase slightly in pressure as you drive.
Many things affect tire pressure- the temperature outside the tire, sunlight exposure, how much driving you are doing, temperature inside the tire and a leak will all affect your tire’s performance. Call TireForce for your tire repair and tire service in Calgary and our team will come to your location at a time that suits you. We are your ‘tire service near me’ because you can’t get any closer than your home, work, or where ever else you may be, so let’s book you in today!