Checking Tire Pressure

All, Auto, Living Adventures, Personal, Preferred Movement     by Matt House

The tires of your car play an important role in getting you where you want to go.

Tires are often checked for wear and tear, but many drivers forget to also check the tire pressure to see if each tire has the optimal amount of air. Tires will often not look low on air until they are at least 50 percent under inflated, which can be a dangerous situation. If you have not checked your tire pressure in awhile, here are the steps you can take to make sure your tires are running smooth.

To check tire pressure on your car, you will need a tire pressure gauge. It is a simple, inexpensive tool that you can use on a regular basis to check the pressure. When you are ready to check your tires, it is important to wait until the tires are cold. This will give you the lowest reading. Once you know the pound per square inch (PSI) for each tire, you will want to check the recommended pressure for your vehicle. This can be found in the owner’s manual or written on the driver’s side door jamb. If the pressure is low, it is important to fill it to its recommended inflation.

Proper tire pressure on you vehicle has many benefits. The major benefit to proper tire pressure is that your tires will last much longer than tires with consistent low pressure. Proper pressure will also contribute to your bank account. You can save anywhere from three to five center per gallon on gas when your tires are properly inflated because it makes the car more fuel efficient.

The correct tire pressure will also provide you with the best chance to avoid accidents and injuries caused by driving with under inflated tires. Simply checking your tire pressure each month will keep you safe and driving efficiently on the road.


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