Vehicle Tips: How Maintaining Tire Pressure Improves Vehicle Function
If you’ve ever driven on flat or overinflated tires, you’ve probably noticed that the tread wears down in an awkward fashion. Aside from ruining the tread on your tires, failing to maintain proper tire pressure can have consequences on fuel consumption, steering capabilities, and dangerous tire blowouts. Here are a few things you should know about maintaining tire pressure.
Fuel Consumption Issues
If you’re driving on tires that aren’t at their recommended pressure, you’re losing out on miles per gallon. You can save yourself up to 3% better fuel economy if you’re keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. On average, however, you’ll be saving yourself around .6% on fuel economy if you’re tires are pumped up too high or lacking tire pressure.
Steering and Tire Pressure
Proper tire inflation distributes the weight of the vehicle across the entire tread of the tire. If your tire pressure is incorrect, it can negatively impact stability, and worse, your tires will not respond properly to road hazards like potholes, slippery conditions, and emergency braking. You could very well be endangering your life if you’re not properly maintaining tire pressure.
Tire Pressure and Blowouts
You’re more likely to experience a tire blowout if your tires are underinflated or overinflated, especially in hot temperatures, while driving over potholes, or under heavy weight. Most blowout issues occurring from tire pressure compound over time, so keep track of your tire PSI to avoid a blowout.
How to Track Your PSI
If you’re lucky, your vehicle will have a self-monitoring system that will tell you when you’re experiencing pressure issues with your tires. If you don’t, however, then its best to keep a pressure gauge handy in your vehicle and check all four tires regularly. Check before road trips, during changes in ambient temperature, and when you’ll be loading extra weight onto your vehicle to ensure proper PSI.
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