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How Weather Impacts Tire Pressure

You may have heard before that the cold weather can cause you to lose tire pressure as the air inside the tire contracts in the lower temperature. However, did you know that warmer weather can also impact your tire pressure?

In the warmer weather, the air in your tires can expand roughly one pound per square inch (PSI) for each additional increase of 10 degrees. You may notice that the hot summer days show your tire pressure well above the recommended inflation level.

Also, as you drive on the road and friction between your tires and the road create even more heat, the pressure in your tire can increase even further. This can impact how you drive on the road—potentially even creating a dangerous scenario for you.

When your tires experience increased pressure, you may encounter a number of risks, including:

  • Premature tire wear: Your tread is a very important part of your tires. As the tire pressure increases, it can impact how quickly you encounter wear and tear.
  • Potential blowouts: If the tire is already worn, the tread is showing signs of separation, and other issues exist, the increased tire pressure can result in a serious blowout which can lead to a crash.
  • Poor handling: Increased tire pressure impacts how well you can control your vehicle with the traction being negatively affected. If you lose control of the vehicle, you can crash into another vehicle.

During the warmer months ahead, ensuring you’re checking your vehicle often is very important. It can protect you from serious harm and from others being hurt.

At Levine and Wiss, we protect accident victims who sustain injuries as a result of another party’s negligence. Our New York car accident lawyers are dedicated to your needs and work hard to help you pursue the favorable outcome you deserve.

Call our firm today to discuss your potential case: (888) 973-0344.