When you think “crucial car maintenance”, your mind probably first jumps to the engine, the brakes, the battery, and so forth. You might not think about your tires until you start sliding in the rain or get a flat on the road. However, your tires’ pressure—the amount of air in each of them, measured in pounds per square inch—is an essential piece of your car’s performance. If you’re asking yourself “why is tire pressure important?”, look no further—we’ll explain it all here.
Why Is Tire Pressure Important?
Tire pressure affects more than you’d think. You don’t want your tires to have too much or too little pressure. Having the right amount of pressure in your tires will benefit . . .
Your safety/Your car’s effectiveness.
Keeping the proper amount of pressure in each of your tires will allow them to wear as evenly and slowly as possible, keeping you safe on the road and maximizing your vehicle’s performance.
- Uneven wear on your tires—sometimes called erratic wear—can have a negative, significant impact on your vehicle’s steering and handling.
- Erratic wear makes you more prone to unexpected flats on the road, which range from inconvenient to extremely hazardous.
- Too little air in your tires will bring your fuel economy down.
- Similarly, low tire pressure increases your braking distance.
- Too much air will wear out the center of your tire prematurely.
While not as important as your own safety on the road, saving some money is still a welcome benefit!
- Because maintaining proper tire pressure slows the your tires’ wear, you can wait a longer time between buying new sets of rubber.
- Again, low pressure will negatively affect your miles-to-the-gallon. You’ll wind up spending more on gasoline.
- Unexpected flats are pricey. Save yourself this time and expense by keeping the right amount of air in your tires.
Checking Tire Pressure
So, why is tire pressure important? It benefits your savings, your vehicle’s performance, and your safety! Now, you’ve got to keep up with the right amount of pressure.
To make sure you’ve got the proper tire pressure, check your tires at least once every month. Some drivers make sure they stay on top of this by checking every other time they fill up their tank. Not sure where your ideal tire pressure is? You can find out what’s best for your car in your owner’s manual or on the tire information placard, located in the jamb of the driver’s door.
Keep in mind that the weather affects your tire pressure: colder temperatures will cause the pressure to drop, while warmer weather may increase the pressure. Give your tires another check if there are any significant changes in the weather.
Many newer cars have a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS, built in that will tell you when one or more of your tires is under-inflated (though it’s still good to check them yourself regularly!). If not, you’ll just need a trusty pressure gauge.
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