An important aspect of vehicle maintenance that many drivers often overlook is tire pressure. While it may seem like a minor thing that doesn't have a huge effect on your tires or your drive, it actually does! Tire pressure is not only vital to the performance and integrity of your vehicle's tires, but it also affects other things such as your car's overall fuel efficiency. There are also some risks to driving with low tire pressure, too.
Driving with low tire pressure can be dangerous on the road. First and foremost, it puts you at risk for a tire blow out. Ever driven on the highway and looked at the side of the road to see a tire that looks like it exploded? That is a tire blow out, and this can happen when your tire is filled properly. This can be dangerous when it happens on the road and can damage your rims and wheels when it happens.
Driving with low tire pressure also decreases your vehicle's fuel efficiency, because your vehicle requires more energy to move a car that has low-pressure tires. It can also cause your tires to wear down quickly and unevenly, costing you money on a new set a lot quicker than you may have anticipated.
So, will all this talk about how important tire pressure is, how can you check it regularly and fill it up when needed? Well, if you drive a modern vehicle, it may be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. If any of your tires are below 25% their manufacturer recommended air pressure, it will alert you. However, we recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month. Invest in a tire pressure gauge and pumping system - they are reliably inexpensive and can be purchased at any auto supply store. That way, you can regularly check your tire pressure and fill it when needed.
If you're unsure of your tire's proper air pressure, you should find the specifications on the inside of your driver's side car door. If not, you can check your vehicle's owner's manual or look up your tire make/model online for more information.