The Importance of Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure
One of the easiest maintenance procedures you can do to ensure your safety is checking your tire pressure. While it may seem like a dirty or complicated job, it’s really not and crucial to not only your car’s performance, but also to the safety of you and your family.
Why You Need to Do It
There are many different reasons that you need to check your tire pressure regularly. From cost saving benefits to safety, it’s a simple task that you need to remember. Here’s why:
- Gas Mileage:
A properly inflated tire allows smoother travel for your vehicle. Tires with pressure that’s too low create more friction and drag on your tires from the asphalt, thus forcing you to burn more fuel than you would if they were properly inflated.
- Even Wear:
We’ve all had to buy tires at some point in our vehicle’s life. While we dread the expense, we can save money. By maintaining properly inflated tires, we ensure the wear on the treads is more even. This extends the life of your tires and saves you money on having to buy new ones.
- Vehicle Handling:
Maintaining control of your vehicle in any driving condition is crucial to safety. Improperly inflated tires can compromise cornering, braking, and overall stability of your vehicle. This can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and lead to serious accidents.
- Blowout Protection:
Improper tire inflation can create more friction between your tire tread and the asphalt, creating heat. An overheated tire, from friction, can lead to tread separation and a blowout, which is extremely hazardous and can lead to severe injury or death.
From saving you money to possibly saving your life, maintaining your tire pressure is crucial to maintaining your safety.
How to Do It
Checking your tire pressure is easy, especially if you follow these two steps:
- Check the Numbers:
Make sure your tires are inflated to the proper levels. Generally vehicles’ recommended pressure is between 25 and 35 pounds per square inch (PSI), but check your owner’s manual to be sure. You can also check the proper number on the driver’s door jamb tire pressure plaque.
With a tire pressure gauge, measure how much pressure is in your tires. Be sure to do it when your vehicle’s tires are cold and not after a long drive to ensure accuracy. If you need to add air to your tires, inflate for no more than 10 to 15 seconds at a time. This will allow you to keep measuring and avoid over inflation.
It’s a very simple task, but unfortunately one that many people avoid even though it can save you money in the long run and preserve your safety.
Maintaining proper tire pressure is a very important part of your vehicle’s preventative maintenance. You may think it’s unimportant until there’s a problem. As such a simple process, it’s something you can do regularly. And you should do it regularly. While saving money is important, your safety—and the safety of your family—is of the utmost importance.