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What pressure in winter tyres?

Tyres pressure is a very important component of a car’s safety. Read on to discover how to set the right pressure for your winter tyres.

Adjust pressure if it is set in a cold environment
The temperature has a direct impact on tyres because when the temperature drops, so does the tyre pressure! If you are adjusting pressure outside, in ambient temperature, you should set it to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressures.

Adjust pressure if it is set in a warm environment
Also beware of the environment in which you check your winter tyres pressure. If you set the pressure in a warm garage and that the outside temperature is below freezing, you might have to add 0.2 bar (3 psi) to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressures. This will compensate the difference and ensure that you have a correct pressure level.

Switch tyres from one axle to the other
If tyre pressure is one thing to check every month, it might also be good to switch both sets of tyres (rear and front) from one axle to the other. It is advised to do so every 3,100 to 6,200 miles (5,000 to 10,000 kilometers). The advantage of this swap is to make sure that your tyres wear evenly.

One last tip for the trip
Tyres pressure and maintenance are not the only elements to check. For instance, a small crack on the windscreen may, in the extreme cold, become a large crack. Therefore you should have it repaired before winter sets in.

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