How to Properly Inflate Your Tires to Stay Safe on the Road (Part 1)
Your vehicle's tires are obviously important- and if you've ever experienced a tire blowout while driving, you know how frightening it can be. It can throw your car around, which can be disastrous if you are not able to get it back under control.
Everyone understands the importance of having tires on their vehicle, but what's odd about it is most people don't take the time to check their tires - or are not checking them frequently enough. In fact, studies show that tires are the most neglected part of a vehicle.
When your tires are not properly inflated, it is not only a safety hazard, but you end up costing yourself more money since under, or over-inflated tires will reduce your vehicle's gas mileage. With the ever-increasing price of fuel, this can result in a large amount of wasted money. The actual life of your tire is also reduced with under-inflated tires by about 15,000 miles, which means you will need to change your tires much more frequently and spend more money. When the pressure is too high, less surface area on the tire touches the ground, and the car may bounce on the road. This impacts traction and the ability to stop quickly. All that bouncing also makes the ride more uncomfortable.
If you are driving around in a vehicle with over-inflated tires, you are probably driving on the center tread only, causing your tire to wear unevenly. Uneven tire treads will cause difficult handling of the car as the tires do not grip the road properly.
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