When the winter temperatures across the Hoosier state drop, it is a good
time to review the recommended tire pressure, or tire pounds per square
inch (PSI), for your vehicles. Air contracts as temperatures cool, leaving
more room in your tires for air and dropping one to two PSI for every
10 degrees. Most manufacturers suggest pumping up three to five more PSI
in the colder months. The higher-pressure recommendation may increase
tire stability and reduce your winter crash risk triggered by tire blowouts
and the need for a greater stopping distance on slush, snow, and ice filled
roads. If you don’t know how to check tire pressure, follow these
easy tips from the auto accident attorneys at Wagner Reese.
Although most vehicles driven today are equipped with an internal Tire
Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) used to alert you when tire pressure
is too low, systems have been known to fail. So, we think it is good to
know how to check tire pressure with a manual gauge by reviewing these steps.
Since you can’t tell if a tire is underinflated just by looking at
it, we suggest you make it a habit to check and refill your tires with
air at least once a month, more often in the winter or before a winter
road-trip. In doing so, your vehicle will be more fuel efficient, your
tires will last longer, and your winter accident risk will be greatly reduced.
We will continue to write about seasonal driving topics on our blog and
share tips on our
Facebook page so you can continue to travel crash-free this winter. If you do become
injured in a winter-related driving accident, please call us for a free
consultation. We won’t collect any fees unless your case is settled
or won. You can easily connect by
submitting our online form, and our attorneys will review your information to respond promptly.