What Is the Importance of Proper Tire Inflation?

You count on your tires to keep your car running safely and smoothly.  In order to optimize your tires’ fuel economy and performance, taking good care of your tires is crucial.  One way to do that is by maintaining your tires’ recommended tire inflation pressure.

Under-inflated tires can result in reduced gas mileage, faster tire wear, and loss of control.  Under-inflated tires do not hug the road properly, and when this happens, the excessive heat created can lead to tire failure and eventual vehicle damage.

What can you do to avoid serious damages and injuries that could result from under-inflated tires?
To be safe, check your tire pressure monthly and before taking long trips. Most vehicles will have the recommended tire pressure listed on the driver’s side door jam. If not found there, refer to the owner’s manual. Also, keep a tire pressure gauge in your vehicle’s glove box in order to be able to check tire pressure at a given moment.

In order to properly check your vehicle’s tire pressure, wait at least thirty minutes after you have driven your car to allow the tires to cool. Then, place the air pressure gauge onto the tire’s valve stem, which is located on the side of the tire. By placing the gauge evenly onto the valve stem, air will escape until pressure is pressed onto the gauge, which will give you the most accurate reading. Do this for each of your tires and compare to your recommended tire pressure.

For more information or for questions about your vehicle’s tire pressure, visit your local Best-One retailer for more details.

Lindsey Beer, Best-One® Tire & Service Expert Panelist