Keeping your tires inflated to their recommended PSI is an important part of car maintenance. It is one of the easiest things to maintain but too often neglected.
Tires are at their peak performance when they are inflated correctly. According to Antwerpen Toyota there are 3 key benefits of proper tire inflation
- It prevents premature tire wear – Simple put, driving on under-inflated tires makes them wear out sooner. Over-inflation also has the same effect because tires will wear out unevenly.
- Better gas mileage – According to FuelEconomy.gov, under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop.
- Reduces car emissions – When your tires are under-inflated, your car’s engine must work harder, causing higher levels of car emissions.
If you don’t have the luxury of knowing your car’s tire pressure simply by checking the readings on your dashboard, it’s a good idea to carry a tire pressure gauge with you. They are not expensive and an easy item to keep in the glove box. When checking tire pressure it is best done when your car has been still for a while. Driving causes your tires to heat and thus will increase the pressure reading. According to cars.com you can typically find your car’s tire PSI on a sticker on the car door frame or in the owner’s manual.
Having your tires inflated correctly is just a smart choice. It will save you money on gas and tire replacement costs. It will also help to protect the environment with less pollution and will lower the number of used tires appearing in our dumps. It’s a win-win!