It’s very easy to forget to check the air pressure of your tires – but if you keep your tires inflated to the manufacturer’s specs, then chances are your vehicle’s ride and handling are at optimum levels and you’re enjoying excellent fuel efficiency.
Here is a list of things that are affected by the right amount of air pressure:
Fuel efficiency – When your tires are at the wrong pressure, the rolling resistance is increased, resulting in reduced tread life and increased usage of gas. So, maintaining the proper pressure leads to better gas mileage.
Wear and Tear – Under-inflation can result in premature wear and tear. Parts of the tire that aren’t designed to contact the road, do so if the pressure is too low.
Reduced Road Contact – When there is too much air pressure in a tire, you could end up with only the center strip of your tire actually touching the road surface. With so little tire surface hugging the road, the reduced tread-to-road contact can lead to dangerous situations and potentially harmful accidents can occur, especially in the rain.
Damage to Steering and Suspension Systems – Anytime tires are not inflated to their optimum level, the excess wear and tear causes damage to the steering and suspension systems of a vehicle as well.
So don’t forget to get your tires rotated every 6,000 miles. Also, keep your tires inflated to the tire manufacturer’s specs. And don’t forget, you can stop by any House of Mufflers & Brakes anytime and we’ll check and fill your tires for free.