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Should I Over-Inflate My Tires in the Winter?

It's that time of year again when the cold weather starts to creep in. For drivers, this can mean dealing with icy roads and treacherous conditions. But it's also important to remember that cold weather means you should check and inflate your tires more often! Our Michigan car accident attorneys explain why over-inflating your tires in the winter is a bad idea and can be dangerous.

Cold Weather Changes Tire Pressure

When the temperature drops, your car's tire pressure can also drop. In fact, for every 10-degree Fahrenheit decrease in temperature, your tire pressure can go down by 1-2 PSI (pounds per square inch). If you check and inflate your tires on a warm day, they may be underinflated when the temperature dips.

What About Traction?

Some drivers may think overinflating their tires will give them better traction on slippery winter roads. However, this is not the case. In fact, properly inflated tires with adequate tread depth provide the best traction in winter weather. Over-inflated tires can lead to losing traction and control on icy roads, increasing the risk of a car accident. Overinflation can also lead to uneven tread wear and potential tire damage.

Checking Tire Pressure in Cold Weather

Check your tires when your car has been parked for at least three hours. This is especially important if you plan to make long trips during the holidays. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are typically more car accidents during the holiday than during non-holiday periods. The recommended pressure for your tires can usually be found on a sticker on the driver's side door jamb or in the vehicle's manual.

Bashore Green Law Group Can Help if You're in a Car Accident

If you do find yourself in a car accident due to tire issues or any other reason during the winter months, Bashore Green Law Group is here to help. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys can assist with insurance claims and get you the compensation you deserve. Don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance after a car accident.

Call (248) 487-1887 to get started with a consultation today.