Why Checking Your Vehicle's Tire Pressure is Important
April 18th, 2017
Updated April 18th, 2017
Winchester, Virginia - Even though checking tire pressure is such a straightforward and low-cost task, many car owners overlook its importance. Maintaining proper tire pressure will extend the life of your tires by ensuring they wear evenly. A survey conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that nearly 50% of the 11,500 vehicles surveyed had at least one half-worn tire. One of the best ways to avoid uneven tire wear is to check your vehicle's tire pressure regularly. Learn best practices as well as all the benefits of regularly checking your tire pressure from the experts at Hogan and Sons Tire & Auto.
Why Checking Your Tire Pressure is Worth the Trouble
Checking your tire pressure ensures that your tires wear evenly. Even wear allows your tires to function at their best, increasing safety and economy. Evenly worn tires perform better, which not only makes for a more comfortable ride, but better handling if you need to stop suddenly. In addition to safety, evenly worn tires last longer and get better gas mileage, two savings your wallet will thank you for! When checking your tire’s pressure, you are checking for both under and over inflation.
Underinflation vs. Overinflation
Maintaining the proper tire pressure not only means watching for underinflation but making sure your tires aren’t overinflated. Both imbalances have different, but equally detrimental effects:
Overinflated Tires: Overinflated tires cause a harder ride and decrease the amount of rubber that comes into contact with the road. Overinflated tires are so rigid they are more easily damaged by common road hazards.
Underinflated Tires: Underinflated tires increase the surface area of your tire that comes into contact with the road. This wears the shoulder of the tire down, causing your tires to fail quicker. Also, because there is more surface area, the resistance created by your tires increases, decreasing fuel economy.
Over or under inflating your tires is a quick way to unnecessarily wear down your tires, wasting time and money.
Tire Pressure Best Practices
While checking your tires is a pretty self-explanatory task, for best results follow these best practices:
Ideal tire pressure varies from vehicle to vehicle, consult your owner's manual to learn the right tire pressure for your car.
Check your tires in the morning, when they are cold before you have driven on them.
Check when there has been a change in the weather. Cold weather will cause your pressure to decrease while hot weather will cause your pressure to increase.
By regularly checking your tire pressure and following these best practices you can ensure that your vehicle is operating as safely and efficiently as possible.
Preventive Maintenance and Your Tires
At Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto Quality Discount Tires, we are the one stop for all your tire needs. From flat repair to tire mounting and balancing, to top-branded tires including Kelly, Dunlop, and Goodyear tires, we can care for your car's tires from start to finish. Schedule your appointment online today.
*Always check your owner’s manual for your vehicle model’s specific instructions before attempting any type of repair. Copyright Hogan & Sons Tire and Auto April 2017