How many times have you ignored the small warning light on your dashboard indicating a problem with your tire pressure? We are all guilty of it, some of us for five miles and some of us for 50 miles. However, tire pressure is actually a very important factor in your car’s overall safety and condition, so it’s important to learn more about this part of your car’s anatomy.
The Dangers of Under Inflated Tires
Your tires achieve maximum performance by reaching the perfect balance of ground contact. Inflating car tires to the right level generates the right amount of friction that keeps tires gripped to the ground without dragging. However, when tire pressure falls below the recommended level, too much of the tire’s surface touches the road, increasing friction to a dangerous level.
This high level of friction overheats the tire and accelerates the rate at which the tire wears down. Overall, cars that drive with consistently under inflated tires risk an unexpected blowout that could cause a major accident on the road.
Underinflated tires don’t just place the driver, passengers, and other cars at risk, but they also hurt gas mileage and virtually steal money from your wallet. According to the Department of Transportation, five million gallons of fuel are wasted every single day due to cars with low tire pressure. This means that you could be wasting hundreds of dollars a month at the pump that could be avoided if your tires were properly inflated.
Guidelines to Ensure Correct Tire Pressure
Most drivers only check tire pressure when the warning light shines on the ignition or a tire looks suspiciously low. However, car manufacturers recommend checking tire pressure once per month to ensure consistency.
In order to keep your car tires inflated to the right “goldilocks” level, begin by checking your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI. Head to a gas station that offers an air pump with a PSI reader. Once you see what each tire’s current PSI is, you can fill or deflate accordingly in order to reach the recommended level.
Doing this once a month will elongate the life of your tires, increase your safety on the road, and keep more money in your pocket. For help optimizing the performance and lifespan of your car’s tires, visit JB Import Automotive Repair in St. Petersburg, Florida. Call (727) 823-5951 to make an appointment today.