It’s important to keep your tire pressure at the recommended level. Underinflated tires can cause decreased fuel efficiency and premature tire wear, while overinflated tires can lead to a loss of control and accidents. One very important thing to remember, if you have the right amount of tire pressure, your car will handle better in an emergency situation. So let’s explore and discuss how and when to check tire air pressure, so you can ensure your vehicle is driving safely!
What Classifies a Tire as Being Underinflated?
The tire is underinflated if the air pressure is below the minimum tire inflation pressure. For every drop in temperature, tire pressure decreases by about one PSI (pounds per square in.) There are a few different instances where checking your tire’s pressure should be on your list of things to do.
- When you notice your tire looking low
- Before going on a long road trip
- After your car has been parked for an extended period of time
- After a bad storm- as this does sometimes drain out some of the tire pressure.
- Temperature drops can cause tires to lose air pressure
Now that we have some understanding of when we should check our tires, the next thing is looking at how. There are a few different ways and they are of the following:
- With a tire pressure gauge
- By using the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
- The old tire test: Push down on the tire to see how much give there is. If it’s low, then you have low tire pressure. Though this isn’t as accurate as the other two options.
Safety when driving is a top priority when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. Knowing when and how to check tire pressure is a part of that. You can keep your car in good condition while on the road by following these simple tips! Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you are unsure of how to check your tire pressure or you believe it’s reading inaccurately, you always have the option to consult with a local tire professional.
Happy motoring! Always remember safety first