There are many factors that can affect the performance of your tires, including maintaining the right pressure level. Though this may seem like a minor concern when compared to other services like tire rotations or wheel alignment, it should still be a priority. Thankfully, checking and maintaining proper tire pressure is fairly simple. Here is what you should know about the right pressure level for your vehicle.
The Dangers of Poorly Inflated Tires
Both overinflation and underinflation can present serious problems for your tires. When the tire is underinflated, it has greater rolling resistance, and the sidewalls become more flexible. This can accelerate tread wear, while simultaneously lowering your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Underinflation can also harm handling performance, especially when driving on wet roadways — underinflated tires are far more likely to hydroplane.
Overinflation also poses a danger. Not only do overinflated tires experience uneven tread wear, but they can’t absorb bumps and other driving-related impacts very well. This can result in an uncomfortable ride and even increase the risk of a blowout.
Checking Tire Pressure
To avoid these driving problems, it’s generally recommended that you use a tire gauge to check your tire pressure once a month — a visual inspection won’t cut it. Consult your owner’s manual or the tire placard so you’ll know what a proper pressure reading should be for your vehicle. Of course, any time your tire pressure indicator light comes on, you should check and adjust the pressure as needed. If you’re not sure how to do it, many tire shops will provide this service for free. Weather fluctuations can cause a change in tire pressure, so be cognizant as the seasons change. For every 10 degrees of temperature drop, tires will lose 1 to 2 pounds of pressure. On the other hand, excessive heat can cause your tire pressure to temporarily increase.
Whether you need to check your tire pressure or purchase a new set of tires, you’ll get the help you need at Brothers Tire Sales. Serving Cabarrus and Rowan counties, NC, since 1959, this family-owned business offers a wide selection of quality tire brands, including Michelin®, BFGoodrich®, and Bridgestone®. To learn more about their products and services, visit them online or call (704) 933-2203.