Why It’s Important to Check Tire Pressure
Checking tire pressure is important for several reasons, as it directly affects the safety, performance, and efficiency of your vehicle. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation shared that tire pressure can decrease about 1 PSI for every 10 degrees the outside temperature drops! Low tire pressure can lead to a flat, which can lead to dangerous conditions on the road. Hydroplaning is also more likely if tire pressure is low. Not sure if your tire pressure is good? We can help! Contact our service team today.
Here are some key reasons why maintaining proper tire pressure is crucial:
- Safety: Adequate tire pressure is essential for the optimal performance of your vehicle’s braking, steering, and handling capabilities. Under-inflated or over-inflated tires can lead to poor vehicle control, increased stopping distances, and an increased risk of accidents.
- Tire Wear: Incorrect tire pressure can cause uneven tire wear. Under-inflated tires tend to wear out the edges faster, while over-inflated tires wear out the center. Properly inflated tires wear more evenly, extending the lifespan of the tires and saving you money on replacements.
- Fuel Efficiency: Properly inflated tires reduce rolling resistance, which means the engine doesn’t have to work as hard to move the vehicle. This can result in improved fuel efficiency and cost savings over time. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage by up to 3%.
- Handling and Performance: The handling characteristics of a vehicle are closely tied to tire pressure. Properly inflated tires contribute to better handling, traction, and overall performance of the vehicle.
- Tire Blowouts: Under-inflated tires generate more heat, which can lead to tire failure and blowouts. A blowout can be dangerous, especially at high speeds. Regularly checking and maintaining the correct tire pressure can help prevent such incidents.
- Environmental Impact: Maintaining proper tire pressure contributes to reduced carbon emissions. Improved fuel efficiency means less fuel consumption, resulting in lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, which is beneficial for the environment.
- Manufacturer Recommendations: Vehicle manufacturers provide recommended tire pressure levels for optimal performance and safety. Checking and adjusting your tire pressure according to these recommendations ensures that your vehicle operates as intended.
To ensure your safety and the longevity of your tires, it’s advisable to check your tire pressure regularly, at least once a month, and before long trips. Use a reliable tire pressure gauge and refer to your vehicle’s manual or the information provided on the driver’s side door jamb for the recommended tire pressure values. Questions? We can help!