Cold weather means it's time to check tire pressure

(Courtesy: Consumer Reports)

Have you checked your tire pressure lately? Your probably should.

As the temperature drops, the pressure in your tires also goes down.

"Typically, the pressure drops 1 psi for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit drop in temperature,” said Gene Peterson, who runs the tire testing program at Consumer Reports.

A common mistake people make is to inflate the tires to the pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire. That's the maximum pressure the tire can handle, not the proper inflation pressure. You want to follow the manufacturer's recommendation.

"There's a tire inflation placard in the door jamb of most new cars. If you open up your driver's door, you'll see that placard and it will tell you the inflation,” Peterson explained. “In lieu of that, check your owner's manual."

Consumer Reports recommends a monthly tire check. And while you're down there, do a visual inspection of the tire – check the treads and the sidewalls.

"Look for anything that looks unfriendly, such as damage that might have occurred from potholes or curbs and things like bulges or cracks or cuts that you see in the sidewall of the tire,” Peterson said.

More Info: Consumer Reports tires

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