When temperature drops, you may notice that your tire looks a little low. A 10 degree drop in temperature can affect your tire pressure by as much as 1 PSI. That may not sound like a lot, but consider this…
The air inside your vehicle’s tires is what keeps you comfortable driving down the road. Over inflate, and you’ll notice every little bump on the road. Under inflate, and you’ll watch as your tires wear, tear, and go flat on the road.
When your tire pressure is too low, your vehicle is at risk for preventable problems with the tires. More tread will be in contact with the road, which means your tires will wear down faster than they are designed. You’ll find you need to replace your tires more frequently than you should.
Under-inflated tires also puts you at increased risk for a flat tire on the road. When your tires don’t have enough air, all of the weight from the vehicle is placed on the outside edge of the tire. Tires are designed to carry weight in the center, where tread is the thickest. But with more weight on the edges, your tires will wear quickly and be more prone to a roadside flat.
Before you head out on a long drive, be sure to check your tire pressure. When your tires are inflated to the proper level, you’ll get the best fuel efficiency. Under-inflated tires have more drag on the road that can put more tax on your engine. With just a little added air and regular checks, you’ll be able to get more miles to every gallon and save money at the pump.
We recommend checking your tire pressure every time you fill up your gas tank. Keep a low-cost tire pressure gauge in the glove box or use the air available at the gas station to check the pressure. Adding this check into your routine will help you prevent problems and get the best fuel efficiency.
Our ASE Certified technicians check your tire pressure every time your vehicle is in JJ Tracks Tire & Auto Center for an inspection. If you have questions about your tires or checking tire pressure, give us a call: (719) 481-4393