Understanding The Importance Of Appropriately Inflated Tires

Let’s face it—cars are expensive.  And the tires are the last thing on your mind.

However, with tire technology rapidly advancing, there are now more types of tires than ever, all designed for different purposes. This makes it even more important to learn as much as you can about the tires on your car and what you can do make sure they last long.

But things don’t look as good—only 17% of drivers actually know how to check tire pressure and 35% don’t know if their tires are bald.

From premature brake failure to axle trouble and even skidding, unchecked tires can trigger a lot of different problems.

Not really the most fun or exciting part about owning a vehicle, but the first thing you need to know about tire maintenance is the importance of appropriate tire pressure.


Why Is It So Important?

Automobile manufacturers recommend different tires for their vehicles and tire manufacturers design each tire for a specific purpose. For starters, failing to keep your tires at the correct pressure means you wouldn’t get the performance you should get from them, even from your car. 

While keeping a check on tire pressure will give you optimum fuel efficiency, a comfortable drive and make them last longer, the most important factor to consider is safety.

According to NHTSA, low tire pressure is responsible for as many as 79 preventable deaths and over 10,635 injuries, per year in the US. This is also why all cars sold after 2008 have a tire pressure monitor warning on the dash.


How Much Air Should There Be In A Tire?

Since each tire has different recommended air pressure specifications, there is no single answer to this. But you have the information you need on hand, you just need to look for it. It might come off as surprising, but the right pressure isn’t what the manufacturer suggests—the right pressure is for your car, not really for your tires.

· Look in the car’s manual to find out the ideal air pressure for your tires.

· Look for a placard on the edge of the driver’s door, apart from other necessary information you will also find the tire pressure specifications here.

· Look for a printed sticker in the glove compartment.

· In some vehicles, this information is present on a sticker behind the fuel cap.


How Often Should You Check Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure never remains the same. Depending on where you live and other factors like temperature and altitude, you will notice that the tire pressure changes every day. This slight fall in pressure will add up each day and impact the car’s drive and fuel efficiency.

Make a habit to check the tire pressure frequently. For example, if you wash your car every weekend, check the tire pressure as well. If you fill up the tank once a week, it’s the perfect time to check up on tire pressure.

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