Making sure your tires are at the correct pressure is especially important when driving on winter roads. If you n.eed help with your tires, call Tracy’s Automotive.
As winter weather sets in, so do hazardous driving conditions. The city of Wichita says it has been working long hours to try to clear roads to make driving less hazardous.
Clearing the 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 Wichita auto repair technicians at Tracy’s Automotive for help.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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