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The Tire Should Be Checked on a Regular Basis

by | Oct 29, 2014 | Car Care Tips, General Car Maintenance, Tire Repair

When inspecting your vehicle, always remember to check the tires. This will also include checking the air pressure in each tire, even the spare. Tire pressure indicates the amount of air pressure a tire must have to be properly inflated. It dictates the load-carrying capacity of your vehicle and impacts handling. Since tires are designed to be used on many types of vehicles, a maximum tire pressure will be given for the tire. However, you must determine the proper tire pressure for your vehicle and attempt to keep the pressure at that level. To be properly measured, tire pressure should be checked when vehicles have not been driven for a two or three hour period of time. Keep in mind that all four tires should generally have the same pressure except in rare circumstances when the rear tires may need a different pressure than the front pair. Tires that are over or underinflated are equally dangerous. A fairly high percentage of vehicles are driving at any given time with at least one underinflated tire.


Why Proper Air Pressure Is Important

Drivers often think tire pressure is important only to avoid a flat. However, maintaining proper tire pressure is actually important for several other reasons as well. Proper tire pressure improves vehicle handling, extends tire life, increase fuel economy, and certainly will help to avoid accidents. Research has shown that fuel economy can increase by several percentage points if accurate tire pressure is maintained. In addition, green house gas emissions are reduced when tires are properly inflated. Underinflated tires are a frequent cause of blowouts due to tires overheating. Low tire pressure compromises handling ability. This includes increased risk of fishtailing, difficulty braking, and less control when turning corners. You will notice a rougher ride if tire pressure is too high and less of the actual tire tread is in contact with the road. This results in decreased traction and control, particularly at higher speeds. Keep in mind that both over inflating and under inflating tires will reduce their lifespan. Tires are a considerable maintenance expense on your vehicle. In addition, they impact other vehicle costs such as fuel. Always consider that significant changes in outdoor temperatures can impact tire pressure and that tires gradually lose pressure over time.

Automatic Air Pressure Sensors

Many newer vehicles are equipped with sensors that automatically detect underinflated tires. Should such a dashboard light appear, you should have the tire pressure checked as soon as possible. Also, tires that are under inflated may still appear to be fully inflated. Labels on your vehicle and information in your owner’s manual can all help determine the correct amount of air pressure. You can also bring your vehicle in, and we can check the air pressure for you.

How Proper Air Pressure Improves the Safety

Periodically checking tire pressure is one easy way to ensure your tires will last as long as possible and provide a safe ride. A flat tire or underinflated tire could result in an unplanned roadside stop, poor handling in inclement weather or heavy traffic, and excessive wear on tires, which may lead to an unexpected tire failure. Routine tire pressure checks take very little time, but reap many benefits. This can get you back to a pleasant driving experience again.