Do you know that when the seasons change, your tire pressure also changes? Maintaining the right tire pressure is important. This is because if the seasons change from winter to summer, the pressure will increase. The vice versa also occurs. Whether you are an expert driver or an amateur, you should know that your tire pressure is essential. This is for your safety, economy, and the love of the environment. However, these are not the only reasons for maintaining the right tire pressure.
We all know that under-inflated tire will affect the ability of the car to stop. Such a tire will also be susceptible to punctures in case of contact with sharp objects. High-speed blow-outs result from the other extreme where the tire is over-inflated. Moreover, no driver ever wishes to experience high-speed blow-outs. Besides, overinflated tires will experience “center wear. Therefore, we recommend that before driving, you need to ensure your tire pressure conforms to vehicle’s owner manual or tire information placard.
Have you ever thought the last time you checked your bonnet before driving? Almost everything is automated considering the current technological developments. Besides, some cars have Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). However, we recommend that you physically check the pressure for your safety. Technology does not excuse you here. We also suggest that you put a tire pressure gauge in your glove compartment for consistent pressure readings. For your information, beware that in some countries, you will incur fines for driving while the tires are over-inflated or under-inflated.
It is evident that under-inflated tires require more fuel since the rolling resistance increases. But then, you can save yourself few bucks that you spend on fuel. The tires that are incorrectly inflated also experience uneven wearing. Besides, those who do not maintain the right tire pressure frequently replace the tires.
Your safety is important. Sometimes, you travel with friends and relatives; you need to consider their safety. Think of this, who will remain alive if you experience high-speed blow-outs due to over-inflated tire? That is why you need to check and ensure your tire pressure meets the manufacturer’s description. Over-inflated tires will exert high-stress load in the middle. This, as already said is dangerous and uneconomical as the wear will be uneven.
Since under-inflated tires lead to high fuel consumption, the efficiency of combustion of fuels is also reduced. More carbon dioxide gets emitted into the air which leads to air pollution. If such cases happen, we forget the meaning of sustainable development. We need to take care of flora and fauna for next generation. However, this goal cannot be achieved if we continually emit more CO2 in the air.
Regular maintenance of TPMS is vital and always ensure that only qualified technicians conduct it. If your car lacks TPMS, you can visit automobile dealers near you, and it will be installed. We also recommend that you check your tire pressure monthly. In the UK, the Department for Transport and Continental Tires recommend that whether your vehicle is fitted with TPMS or not, you should carry out regular pressure check. They advocate for regular checks at least once in a month.
Our top Tips for Tire Pressure Maintenance
As experts in the automobile industry, we advocate that drivers check the tire pressure when it is cold. The gauges are very accurate when it is cold. We also recommend that if you are not sure of your tire pressure check with the manufacturers or vehicle doors and fuel cap. Besides learn to consult the technicians if you are not sure on the procedure for checking, adding or releasing the tire. The simplest way of checking pressure involves first removing the valve dust cover. Then attach the air hose. You then release air for an over-inflated tire. If you need to add, you release the air until the pressures are correct for all wheels.