Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Driving Info | 1 comment

The Importance of Checking Your Tire Pressure

Broadly simplified, a car’s tires are nothing more than hollow hunks of rubber filled up with air. It’s important to note, however, that the amount of air confined within these rubber hunks can make a drastic difference in their performance. Indeed, there is an ideal amount of air that should be in your car’s tires. While many people are aware of this, they are unsure of how to check their air pressure or exactly how much air pressure is appropriate. However, failing to maintain the correct air pressure can have serious consequences on a vehicle’s performance.

When a tire’s air pressure is too low, it will be slightly flattened, causing more of it to come into contact with the road and creating more friction. This can have a negative affect on the car’s handling, braking, and even its fuel economy. Overinflated tires are more likely to rupture when met with road defects such as potholes.

Properly inflated tires should work as desired. The suggested tire pressure for your car is typically listed on the driver side door or that part of the vehicle’s frame. Pressure is measured in pounds per square inch, or PSI, and many gas stations have combination air pump and PSI readers, so all air pressure-related tire maintenance can be done on with a single device.

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Checking and maintaining a car’s tire pressure is actually rather easy to do. In fact, many cars these days come with sensors that alert you if one of your tires is running low on air, which is incredibly useful. If your car does not have such a sensor, you should make it a habit to check your pressure every few weeks. This will help you maintain a safe amount of air pressure in your tires that can increase the their lifespan and keep your car’s performance where it should be.

One Response to “The Importance of Checking Your Tire Pressure”

  1. I always forget to check my tires, and have suffered the consequences. Thanks for the article.

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