How Does Temperature Affect Tires?
There are many climates throughout the country, but in general, weather conditions are hot in summer and cool or cold in winter. Southern states see hot and humid summers while summers in the Pacific Northwest can be warm with cool mornings and evenings. Southern winters are mild, but in the Northeast, snow, ice and below-freezing temps are the norm. So how do these extreme temperature changes affect your tires?
Weather’s Impact on Tires
It’s no secret that outdoor temperatures can have an impact on your car’s tires. That change in temperature creates an equal change in your tire pressure. Higher temperatures increase the pressure of your tires. Always keep your tires inflated according to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure.
Tires can be comprised of both natural and synthetic rubber compounds, which can contain oils that boost elasticity. Your tires can get worn over time from the sun’s heat and UV rays as well as friction when traveling over the roads. All of these things can drastically reduce how much oil and elasticity your tires contain. This wear and tear can lead to splitting, cracking or the tendency to become brittle. As you can imagine, these situations are dangerous and can cause tragic accidents.
Lower temperatures outside tend to lower your tire pressure. That means that when the weather is cool or cold, your tires get underinflated. This makes it equally as dangerous to be on the road, with the potential for accidents as well. Drastic drops in temperature can be brought on by anything from cold fronts to snow, leading to hazardous road conditions.
But underinflated tires pose more than a safety risk on the roadways. They can also increase how much fuel you need (and its associated costs), cause more wear and tear for your tires, and put you at risk for blowouts. Blowouts pose a high safety threat not just for you and your car, but for others around you. If you have a newer vehicle, chances are it has a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) which automatically tells you when to check your tire pressure.
All tires feature a manufacturer date code that’s stamped on them, with most manufacturers recommending tire replacement after six years from that date. Doesn’t matter if your tires look like they’re still in good condition. You never know what’s happening behind the scenes. Your tires could be degrading and you won’t know it till it’s too late. It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure every month.
Contact I&I Tires
For more weather-variation tips and how they affect your tires, contact us in Atlanta at 678-284-2006 or Smyrna at 404-920-0278. If you are in need of new tires due to adverse weather or road conditions, or old age, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We offer new tires, used tires, commercial tires, mobile tire repair, roadside assistance, towing services, and a complete online shop.