There is one thing that every single vehicle that is one the road today has in common; they all have tires. While tires come in different sizes and compounds every tire has a specific air pressure that should be maintained and it isn’t just so the tire won’t go flat.
You can find what your specific tires need as far as air pressure goes by looking on the side wall (side) if the tires. It will be represented by a number that will be followed by the letters “PSI” which stands for pounds per square inch. There are a number of benefits to having the correct tire pressure and these include:
- Increased Tire Life: Making sure that your tires have the proper air pressure in them will actually extend the life of your tires. When you have different air pressure in your tires that means that one tire may be making more or less contact with the road. The end result will be one or more of your tires experiencing an increase in tread wear.
- Increased Gas Mileage: By maintaining proper air pressure in your tires you will spend more time on the road and less time at the gas pumps. If your tire pressures are consistently correct you can save yourself three percent on your overall fuel tab. While that may not seem like much, with gasoline at $2.75 per gallon this represents a savings of a little more than eight cents per gallon. That can really add up over the course of a year.
- Increased Performance: When your air pressures are down too low then you can overload the vehicle. The result can be a tire blowing out and at the very least you will have an ill handling vehicle. Maintaining the proper air pressure on your tires will help your vehicle to handle better and will help keep you and everyone else on the roads just a little bit safer.
- Better for the Environment: It is estimated that you will lose 10 to 50 percent of your tire tread per year due to under inflation of your tires. That means a huge increase in tires that will end up in the landfills. Remember, tires are not very biodegradable and if they are not being recycled then it is flat out hurting the environment.
So how often should you check your tire pressure? There is really no rule of thumb here but you should be checking them frequently. Because of the constant changing in temperature and the bumps and lumps your tires take while you are driving it stands to reason that they will lose air pressure as the days roil on. If you want to be sure they are always maintained properly then check them every time you fill your gas tank.
Really it is a no brainer. Having the proper air pressures in your tires will not only save you money, but it will help to keep you and the environment safer as well. If you don’t want to check your tire pressures yourself, have a full service gas station do it for you. Otherwise you will find yourself going through tires and gasoline at a much greater pace.