Keeping your tires properly inflated is an easy way to keep your vehicle in good shape

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips & Tricks on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 3:08 pm
A stock photo of a person putting air in a car's tire.

Do I need to change my tire pressure in winter and summer?

Our area might not get as much snow or get as cold as what our friends and family living in the north must deal with. But that doesn’t mean that our seasons don’t require different priorities when we’re on the road. One of the most common questions we hear in the Gwatney Mazda of Germantown Service Department is, ‘Do I need to change my tire pressure in winter and summer?’ In short, no you don’t. All vehicles and their tires are specifically designed to maintain constant tire pressure and everything from engine performance to fuel economy can be affected. Let’s take a look at a few things you should know.

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Like a lot of lingering automotive myths, the notion of manually adjusting tire pressure is a product of a bygone era. Modern tires use more advanced materials and manufacturing methods to maintain traction across a wide range of road conditions. Some drivers even elect to swap their tires out based on the season, low-resistance tires in the summer and snow tires in the winter. However, a set of all-season tires that are properly fit and balanced are going to be the most popular choice.

Under- or over-pressure

Driving on tires that don’t have enough or have too much air in them and both scenarios can have major implications for braking, handling and fuel efficiency. Tires that don’t have enough air in them will have too wide of a footprint on the road. This will cause the engine to work harder than necessary, which will have a negative effect on efficiency scores. On the other hand, tires that are over-inflated will have too narrow a footprint on the road, and drivers may notice decreased traction, increased stopping distances and an overall downgrade in handling.

It’s important to regularly check tire pressure. A lot of newer models will have a system that will automatically alert the driver if tire pressure drops too low. However, for a few dollars, a simple tire pressure gauge is a great tool to always have on hand.

If you have been having to refill your tires more frequently, make an appointment to get a new set of skins by making an appointment with our service department today.

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