Seasonal Temperature Changes Have a Direct Impact on Your Tire Performance

October 6, 2022

The winter months are upon us, which means it is highly likely that the tire pressure warning light on your vehicle will illuminate soon. The reason for this is because the air within the tire fluctuates with temperature changes. When the weather turns cold, air particles inside the tire condense causing tire pressures to decrease. On the other hand, when temperatures are higher, air particles increase in size and tire inflation pressures increase. TPMS technology can help drivers and fleet owners proactively monitor tire inflation pressures, which can lead to decreased equipment downtime, increased safety, and decreased maintenance and repair costs.

What Happens to a Tire When it is Underinflated

As vehicles move down the road, tire temperatures increase, causing the molecules inside the tire to expand, increasing tire pressure. After the vehicle stops and the tire cools down, tire pressure will drop, resulting in flexing of the sidewall. This leads to internal structural damage. When a tire is not structurally sound, it is not able to properly support the load. Continual flexing can cause damage to the belts inside of the tire and potentially result in a blowout.

Here are 3 of the Most Important Reasons to Maintain Proper Tire Inflation Pressures:

1. Lowered tire-related maintenance and repair costs

Maintaining proper tire pressure can lower yearly tire-related costs by $750 - $1,000 per tractor/trailer combination.

2. Decreased Downtime

According to the American Trucking Association, improper tire inflation pressures are responsible for about one roadside service call per year per tractor/trailer combination due to weakened and worn tires.

Keeping your tires properly inflated can decrease the amount of time a driver is off the road. Doran TPMS technology can eliminate manual  tire pressure checks or extra repair and maintenance time by informing drivers and fleet owners of low air pressure levels or any dramatic temperature changes, so problems can be solved in real time.

3. Safety

Improper tire inflation reduces vehicle handling, increases stopping distances, and can lead to overheated tires and potentially catastrophic tire failure. Being proactive instead of reactive when it comes to tire maintenance will keep your drivers and other travelers safe. Doran 360™ TPMS can help find a solution before the problem exists.

When Should I Check Tire Pressure?

Knowing when to check tire pressure can be tricky. For example, checking your tire pressure immediately after you drive can indicate false results. This is because, as we previously stated, the friction from the road causes tires to heat and tire inflation pressure to increase for a brief period of time. 

The best time to check tire pressure is before driving your vehicle, first thing in the morning, or if you’ve been on the road, after waiting a few hours until the tires cool down. TPMS is a solid tool that can minimize your stress and maximize your efficiency when it comes to checking tire pressure. Doran 360 ™ TPMS continuously monitors tire pressure and temperature and provides immediate notification for low pressure, rapid deflation, and high temperature events.

What Next?

Doran Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems can help lower your tire-related expenses, decrease equipment downtime and keep your drivers safe.  For anyone who desires lower costs and more efficient business, utilizing Doran 360™ TPMS technology is highly recommended. Don’t know where to start? No worries, our team of experts is excited to connect with you. Call us whenever you’re ready to learn more! 



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