As the weather starts to get colder, you may notice your tires are lower or that your tire pressure monitor dashboard light is on. This is because cool air makes the air in your tires contract, lowering the pressure. Low tire pressure reduces traction to the ground, which is especially bad in wet and icy conditions, so make sure your air pressure is at the right level by following these steps.
Adding air to your tires is an easy process that anyone can do. First, you need to check your owner’s manual and see what the appropriate tire pressure for your vehicle is. If you have an air pump at home, you can skip the next step, but if you don’t, you’ll need to find a gas station with one.
Most gas stations have air pumps, so it shouldn’t be difficult. Bring a gauge so you can check the air pressure as you go to make sure it’s correct. You can find one at any auto parts store, usually for as low as $5.
Make sure you have plenty of quarters on you, since they only run for about three minutes at a time and you probably won’t have time to run around to all four of your tires. Go one tire at a time. Once you feed your quarters in to the machine, unscrew the air valve on the tire and push the nozzle of the air pump into the valve.
It doesn’t take long for air pressure to go up, so check it frequently with your gauge. Once it’s at the right pressure, repeat with the other three tires. Don’t forget to put the caps back on!