Tires & Temperature: Fluctuating temps can give drivers problems on the road

Tires & Temperature: Fluctuating temps can give drivers problems on the road
(Source: KAUZ)
(Source: KAUZ)
(Source: KAUZ)
(Source: KAUZ)

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - After a week of fluctuating temperatures from warm to cool you may want to check the air pressure in your tires.

"It is something to be concerned about," Senior Assistant Manager for Discount Tire, DaZohn Fisher said.

As temperatures take a dive so does the air pressure in your tires. With October halfway over, Sam Ruff of Ringgold, Texas is keeping a closer eye on his levels.

"I've got four trucks and I always check them out on the ranch and I make sure all of the pressure is about right. But it drops you know. You've got to watch it," Ruff said.

But for Linda Willis of Holliday air pressure in her tires is not something on her mind.

"It's not anything that I think about, but my husband does," Willis said.

But Fisher said it is something drivers need to be paying attention to as cooler temperatures head our way this fall.

"A swing in a ten degree or less temperature change can affect your tire from half a pound to a full pound. So, if there is a thirty-degree swing as far as tire pressure you're going to lose up to three pounds of pressure per tire," Fisher said.

If your tires are not properly inflated due to fluctuating temperatures it can affect the handling of our tires, your road traction, your gas mileage and the longevity of the tire.

"The air pressure it what helps support the weight of our vehicle. So, something as simple as air pressure is very very important and vital to the safety of your vehicle," Fisher said.

Discount Tire offers free air pressure checks during regular business hours.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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