While it is very important to keep your tire pressure in the right range all year long, it is especially important to check your tires often during the winter. As the outside temperature changes, your tire pressure changes too.
In fact, for every ten degrees, your tire pressure changes by one pound (PSI).
What does this mean for your trailer? It means that if the temperature drops from 40 to 0, your tires will lose up to 4 pounds of air. This can cause problems for hauling, especially if the pressure was low to begin with.
Try to remember to check your tires at least once a month and before you leave on a trip.
Ensuring proper tire pressure can provide you with these three important benefits:
You get more wear miles from your tires
You have better control while driving
You receive optimum gas mileage with properly inflated tires.
Also remember that as you drive, your tires heat up, causing the pressure to rise. So, to get the most accurate pressure reading, check your tires before you leave when they are cold.
Wondering how much air they need?
You can find the “Maximum Cold Air Pressure” rating on the sidewall of the tire. This can help you make sure to not overinflate them. Lastly, if your tires have been sitting in direct sunlight for a while, it might be difficult to get an accurate reading.
For any questions regarding your tire pressure this winter, the trailer technicians at Trailer Boss in Rochester WA are happy to help!