Maintaining adequate tire pressure is typically a quick and straightforward task. Proper tire inflation is essential for good tire performance while driving your vehicle. Properly inflated tires have a longer lifespan and offer faster steering wheel response time. It also limits how much fuel your car guzzles, providing better fuel efficiency. No matter if your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated, both can cause premature tread wear and tire failure. To get the most out of your tires, check the tire pressure monthly. Below is a list of tips to help you efficiently maintain your vehicle’s tire inflation.
Confirm the manufacturers recommended PSI.
You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on the door jam on the driver’s side. The vehicle’s owner’s manual will also have tire PSI for your front and rear tires. Keep this number noted.
Check your tire pressure before driving.
If possible, check the tire pressure while your tires are still cold. Or when you’ve driven less than 1 mile for an accurate reading. When in doubt, reach out to a qualified mechanic to verify the psi.
Use a tire gauge to check the tire pressure.
Remove the tire valve and put it in a safe place. The tire valves prevent moisture and debris from entering the tires. Insert the tire gauge until the tires stop hissing. Write down the tire pressure for all tires to avoid confusing them.
Fill the tires to the recommended psi.
All air compressors are not the same; make sure you read all of the instructions beforehand. Fill the tires to the correct psi, or remove any excess air if they are overinflated. Overinflated tires cause premature wear and a significant decrease in traction and absorption.
When it comes to your tires, accurate tire pressure matters for a safe drive experience; make a habit of checking your tires once a month if possible. Keep your tire gauge in your car or on your keychain. Digital doesn’t always mean better. An old fashioned tire gauge is recommended because the battery can eventually die. Digital gauges can experience tech issues and report inaccurate readings. The gas station also has gauges, but their frequent use can cause them to become weathered and unreliable. When in doubt, reach out to Fast Lane European for a tire pressure check and recommendations on the best tire gauge for your vehicle.