Welcome to the coldest part of winter in North Carolina! At Waxhaw Insurance Agency we feel obligated to make our customers aware of potential hazards around your home or on the roads. We want you to be safe, and we hope you’ll avoid the minor mishaps the can lead to your having to file an insurance claim, which can effect your rates. We love to help our customers maintain excellent driving records. Checking the air pressure on your vehicle is an important item on your cold weather safety checklist that is often forgotten about, or overlooked.
Cold Weather Safety
As we advise that you don’t try to tackle the icy roads, we recommend that you remember to check your tire air pressure after the storm passes and the roads are clear. Even after the snow melts, the weather might still be cold enough to effect the air pressure in your car’s tires. Some folks are not aware that tires don’t have to be punctured to leak air. And unlike your gasoline gauge, most cars don’t alert you to check your tire pressure.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under-inflated tires have a higher risk of damage and failure. Not only will they wear out faster if under-inflated, but faster deterioration can also lead to reduced control of your vehicle, tire blowouts, and crashes. Along with being safe, keeping your tires properly inflated is sure to save you up to 3% in gas mileage. You know at Waxhaw Insurance Agency, we’re all about finding ways to save you money. Checking the air in your tires starts with understanding PSI— pounds per square inch.
PSI is based on your vehicle’s:
- Total weight and size.
- Towing weight capability.
- Recommended tire size.
It’s important to note that you should always use the pressure recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer to ensure optimal vehicle performance.
Tire Pressure and Cold Weather
Cold temperature is a factor that can affect tire pressure. Most tire and vehicle manufacturers recommend checking your tire’s pressure each month, as they can lose multiple pounds of pressure within that time from simple daily use. In addition, it’s important to check pressure as temperatures heat up. Tires react quickly to changes in temperature, and a rise in heat can cause rapid pressure loss. Leaky valve systems, low leaking punctures, and other often hidden damage can also decrease air pressure—all the more reason to check your tires regularly.
Enjoy the cold weather, be safe in the snow, and keep an eye on your tires… just a reminder to stay aware of potential hazards and enjoy a safe winter. Give us a call if you want to go over your current insurance coverage and see if we can save you money in 2017!