It’s normal practice among many motorists to regularly maintain their cars in a spotless and roadworthy condition. You will recognize that they always book their cars into a garage right before a service is due in line with the manufacturer’s schedule. Some love to go the extra mile and seek to maintain everything in ‘as new’ condition outside and inside the car maybe spending half the weekend accomplishing this. Probably the wheel trims and sidewalls are kept spotless, but how about the tire pressures? In this article we will discuss the necessity of maintaining appropriate tire pressure.
Tire pressure issues arise from two main reasons: too much pressure in the tire or too little pressure in your tire. Want to know just what the right tire pressure is for your kind of car? Just check in the owner’s manual or there perhaps a handy label stuck on the driver’s side door pillar with the correct figures. Keep in mind that the pressure you will observe stamped on the inner rim of the tire only refers to the maximum inflation pressure and will be considerably higher than the correct driving tire pressures. Always look at the owners manual to find what is the correct amount of tire pressure and observe that front and rear pressures are often slightly different.
Over inflation of your tires will lead to smaller contact area when the tire tread sits on the road. Because your car has less contact and traction with the road surface, it could be less responsive to steering wheel inputs. This gets most noticeable in wet conditions or on snow and ice when the chances of an accident are greatly increased. Traveling on over inflated tires risks serious injury and even a low speed impact, just into a shallow ditch as an example, can result in a surprisingly large recovery and repair bill nowadays.
Also you should not have far too little pressure in the tires as this will begin to show on the sidewalls of the tires. When you have too little air pressure the tire will run on the sidewalls, and the side walls are not intended to be getting contact with the road. When this happens you can drastically lessen the life of your tires and will even cause blow outs while your driving. You could find it difficult to keep your car in a straight line after a blow out and in the lack of a spare wheel, you’ll have to pay a tow charge.
It’s not merely on safety grounds that you ought to maintain your tires at the right air pressure – there is an economic reason too because correctly inflated tires use less gas. Any time a tire is not up to the correct air pressure there is more rolling resistance thanks to the larger tire surface in touch with the highway. This results in a mechanical drag for the engine which has to be dealt with by using more gas per mile. After all you could spend nearly 10% of a tank full of fuel should your tires are below the manufacturer’s recommended pressures and your running costs will jump upwards.
The standard readings for the right tire pressures are always measured from ‘cold’ or more strictly at the ambient temperature. Check your tire pressures after your car has been standing for a few hours after a period of driving. This will likely give time for the tires to cool down and allow you to take a more precise measurement. The tire pressures really should be checked once a week. Repeat this and continue with the tips given above and you will get better mpg, cut costs and stay safe on the roads.