Beware: Cold Weather Causes Your Tires To Deflate

As summer has come to an end and the leaves have begun to change, the cooler temperatures aren't that far behind. These chilly nights do more than just turn the leaves and make you get out your sweaters and vests, it also effects your tire pressure.

During the warm summer months, you may have adjusted your tires for the inflation that comes with the summer sun. Now, as the summer disappears, the air in your tires also tends to go down. Most people don't notice it until their Tire Pressure Monitoring System, or TPMS, alerts you. When the TPMS light comes on that means that your tires are either overinflated or underinflated and that you need to take a look. The light will most likely come on in the mornings because it is cooler and your tires aren't warm from driving yet.

Driving on over or under inflated tires can be dangerous. Low tire pressure can cause your tire to wear, makes you receive less energy efficiency, and can lead to poor roadway handling. If you're driving with the low pressure tire light on, your tires also risk the chance of heating up too much, with the friction from driving, and create a blowout. This can be dangerous in itself, especially if there are a lot of other vehicles around or if it happens during the night.

Aren't Sure How To Check Your Tire Pressure?

If you don't know what your tire pressure should be or how to check or fill it, our service department would love to help you get safely back out on the road. Contact our Mercedes-Benz of State College dealership, either via phone or text, or stop by our service department and let us see what we can do to help.

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