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Jul 18, 2016

3 Reasons For Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

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Even though it’s such an important part of car maintenance, we often forget to check and maintain proper tire pressure. Letting it fall low on our list of priorities can result in a flat tire, certainly not an ideal situation for anyone. Let’s take a look at some good reasons to maintain tire pressure.

Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

  1. Safety

    Safety first! Tires that aren’t properly inflated can lead to skids during quick stops, which can be very dangerous. Underinflated tires can also pose problems on wet or icy roads. You never know when an obstacle might present itself, and you’ll find yourself screeching to a stop. Properly inflated tires will make that sudden stop much less dangerous.

  2. Saving money

    It’s true, properly inflated tires can save you hundreds of dollars (at least)! Driving on underinflated tires puts more stress on your fuel tank, and burns more gas than driving on properly maintained tires. Additionally, driving on underinflated tires puts more wear and tear on your tires, and can cause you to have to replace them more often.

  3. Better gas mileage

    Even slightly underinflated tires can cause your car to slump slightly, putting more weight and pressure on your tires. More weight on the tires results in poor gas mileage. Not only does it cost you more, it also creates more carbon dioxide which is harmful to the environment. Keeping your tires inflated saves gas, and reduces your ecological footprint!

    Keeping your tires properly inflated should be a no-brainer! Sure, it’s one more thing to keep track of in your busy life, but it will increase your safety, save you money, and lessen the amount of carbon dioxide produced by your car.

    So, how do you make sure your tires are properly inflated? First, check the instructions on the door jamb on the driver’s side of the car. Here you will find the recommended air pressure for your specific car, which is measured in pounds per square inch (psi). With that in mind, you can check your tire pressure using an air pressure gauge. Air pressure gauges are inexpensive and available anywhere that sells automotive supplies. Most gas stations will have one you can borrow, as well.

    You’ll find psi numbers vary depending on the size of the vehicle, and its use—for instance, towing, or carrying many passengers will affect the psi. To check tire pressure, unscrew the car’s valve stem and place the round edge of the gauge over it, making sure the two are firmly sealed together. The tire pressure will appear at the bottom of the gauge.

Once the tires are properly, and equally, inflated, you will also want to look for signs of wear and tear on the tires, or any cracks or foreign objects lodged in them. Excessive wear and tear may indicate it’s time to have your tires replaced, and that you should be more vigilant about keep your tires properly inflated in the future.

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