Making sure your tires are at the correct pressure is especially important when driving on winter roads. If you need help with your tires, call In and Out Tires.
As winter weather sets in, so do hazardous driving conditions. The Delaware Department of Transportation has even issued a Twitter warning about hazardous driving conditions: “Overnight and into the early morning, commuters can expect slippery/icy conditions. Please continue to commute cautiously.”
Driving carefully and clearing roads certainly helps. But drivers can also do their part to make traveling less hazardous. The first thing is, of course, to make sure you have winter tires on your car and that the tires are in good shape. The other big thing drivers can do to make winter driving less hazardous is to make sure your tires stay at the correct pressure.
According to Motor Authority, a video from Team O’Neill rally school shows the difference in a car’s handling when the tire pressure decreases.
“With the factory-recommended pressure, the all-wheel-drive sedan had enough grip to maintain forward momentum, but the back end stepped out quite a bit. That might be fun on a closed course, but it’s not ideal for everyday driving,” according to Motor Authority. “Lowering front and rear tire pressure by 5 psi didn’t make a dramatic difference, and neither did lowering pressure by an additional 5 psi—for 10 psi total. The car was still fairly tail happy, although the lower pressures also allowed the tires to deform more, increasing the size of the contact patch. That’s what you want for winter driving, …
“In attempt to lessen oversteer, [the driver] lowered the rear tire pressure by an additional 5 psi, while leaving the front tires alone. That left pressures at 23 psi in front, and 16 psi in the rear. That seemed to do the trick, making the car more neutral, and also improving straight-line braking feel.”
The conclusion, according to Motor Authority: “While there are many variables—including weight, tire compound, and whether the vehicles has all-wheel drive—tire pressures can make a big difference in winter driveability, … these are not street pressures. Lowering pressure can increase grip on snow, but driving on pavement at higher speeds can cause the tire to overheat.”
If you’re not sure what the best tire pressure is for your car. Or, if you need tire care, tire repair, or new tires, you should call the MIllsboro tire specialists at In and Out TIres.
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