Why Check Your Tire Pressure?

Why is it important to check your tire pressure?  It’s an easy task, that most of us never do as often as we should, if at all.  It’s recommended that you check the air pressure in your tires every time you get gas.  So why do so many not even own a tire gauge?

Years ago, think 70’s, 60’s, there were full service gas stations.  There were guys who would come out, fill up your car, wash the windows, check your fluids, and yes, even check the tire pressures.  Why would they check your tire pressure?  The check it, because it’s important and plays a roll in the performance of your vehicle.

Handling – Proper tire pressure will ensure that your automobile is handling the best that it can.  Low or over inflated tires will cause the car to handle irregularly and possibly cause accidents, longer stopping distance, and effect fast acceleration.

Fuel Efficiency – If tires have an improper pressure, then it can contribute to poor fuel efficiency.  Low pressure tires squat and cause too much drag, lowering your MPG.  When all 4 tires have the proper tire pressure, your vehicle will have lower rolling resistance and increase your MPG.

Safety From Blowouts – All tires have the proper tire pressure clearly printed on the side of the tire.  Usually the tire pressure is within a range of pressures, all being safe and optimal for the type of tire mounted.  It’s important to not stray for these recommendations, over inflation and even under inflation could possibly lead to a blow out.

So remember, go out and buy yourself a tire pressure gauge.  Most gas stations sell them and they can be purchased for under $1 and it’s obvious the benefits will out pace the cost.  Also, don’t forget, every time you fill up, check your tire pressure.

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