Inflating your tires at the right pressure can make all the difference when it comes to how well your car handles on the road, how efficiently it uses fuel, and even how much you pay in fuel costs over time.
When you know when to inflate your tires and how much to inflate them will help you maximize their life span and save you money.
Here are 5 benefits of checking your tire pressure regularly:
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1) Improves Gas Mileage And Saves Money
Air pressure in your tires determines how much gas you use, as well as how far you can go on a tank.
Under-inflated tires cause more friction between your car and the road than properly inflated ones.
Checking your tire pressure weekly during summer months and monthly in winter will save about one percent in fuel economy for every pound per square inch of tire pressure that’s out.
Even better if you use nitrogen!
Your tire will stay inflated 10 times longer than regular air alone. This means fewer stops at gas stations and less time spent on refills.
Colder temperatures are also easier on your tires when they’re filled with nitrogen instead of regular air. While cold weather is harder on all types of rubber, nitrogen minimizes its effect because it doesn’t contain moisture or oxygen like regular air does.
This means that when temperatures drop below freezing, nitrogen helps keep your tires from cracking or splitting due to dryness and prevents them from losing their shape over time.
2) Reduces Road Noise
Driving with insufficient air pressure can cause your tires to hit the road more loudly than usual.
Check your pressure after driving and you’ll notice an immediate difference—your ride will be quieter and more comfortable. This tip is especially useful if you live somewhere that sees lots of temperature changes over short periods of time.
As temperatures change, so does your tire pressure.
Even if you had previously set it accurately on a cold day. Unfortunately, it happens more often than you think!
3) Helps Prevent Blowouts
Most people know that low tire pressure can cause a blowout or even a crash, but … the truth is most people don’t check their tire pressure regularly.
Cold weather makes it even more difficult for tires to hold air. You should make sure your tires are properly inflated in cold weather, too. At 32 degrees Fahrenheit, tires lose approximately 2 psi (pounds per square inch) of pressure per month; if your tires are at 30 psi in winter, they will drop to 28 psi over time.
4) Increases Traction
As your tires lose pressure, their ability to maintain traction is reduced.
Having the right tire pressure means that you’ll be able to keep control of your vehicle in all kinds of weather and road conditions!
Also, having enough tread on your tires also makes a huge difference in how well they can grip surfaces.
Deflated tires aren’t as effective at pulling through water or snow which often cause dangerous accidents.
5) Saves You Time
With proper tire pressure, you can cover more ground in less time, right?
When your tires are underinflated or overinflated, you’ll have to slow down to keep from running into problems.
Proper inflation will save you wear and tear on your tires and allow you to get where you need faster—saving gas in addition to time and worries!
Using properly inflated tires perform better and last longer than those with tires at too-low or too-high pressure.
Proper tire pressure improves fuel economy, reduces braking distance, extends tread life and reduces emissions.
Most don’t know how often they need to check their tire pressure!
Your tire pressure should be checked monthly, or even more frequently during hot weather.
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