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Always Check Your Tire Pressure

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Most drivers know it’s necessary to keep their vehicle’s tires inflated to a certain psi (pounds per square inch) to ensure safe operation. You’ve also likely been particularly conscious of tire pressure if you’ve recently dealt with a flat. Beyond that, maintaining the proper tire pressure is a maintenance measure you might overlook — especially if you concentrate on other necessities, like replacing the battery and changing the oil.

Let’s take a closer look at why proper tire pressure is crucial for the safe operation of your vehicle. Keep in mind that tires are the only parts of a car that consistently stay in contact with the road. When you take good care of them, you’re much less likely to have an accident.

Why is Proper Inflation Necessary?

When the tires are inflated to the correct levels, your car can achieve maximum performance levels, including the best gas mileage. If the tires are underinflated, they could wear down prematurely and even fail when you’re operating the car, resulting in serious injury or damage to the automobile.

Maintaining the correct amount of inflation reduces the chances you’ll run into problems. But, if you do, Herb’s Paint and Body can help by putting your car through a comprehensive auto body repair process.

Verifying and Adjusting Your Tire Pressure

Check Tire Pressure

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Get into the habit of checking your tire pressure at least once a month. Some people also rotate the tires at the same time, which is a similarly smart decision. Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find the recommended inflation rating for factory-installed tires. Additionally, all passenger-vehicle tires have their maximum inflation amounts printed on the sidewalls. Your car might also have a built-in tire pressure gauge. When that’s activated, your vehicle’s horn beeps once the tire pressure reaches the correct level.

If you often drive at high speeds, you may want to consider inflating your tires 3-5 psi above the recommended amount. Furthermore, be aware that the pressure will go down slightly through regular usage. Outside temperatures can also impact the tire pressure.

Dealing With Consistently Low Tire Pressure

If your tire pressure is consistently low, there could be several reasons. One of them is cold weather and the effects that lower temperatures have on your car’s tires when it’s parked overnight. When you start driving in the morning, your car’s tire pressure warning light may activate. However, once you drive long enough for the tires to heat up, it should turn off.

Other reasons could a failed valve stem or that your tires aren’t mounted properly and air is escaping from between the tire and the wheel rim. The seal between those two parts could be compromised due to corrosion or because the tire rim was bent when you ran over a pothole.

Now you know why it’s so important to be a safe driver by keeping your tires inflated to the correct levels. Checking your tires only takes a few minutes, but doing it could save your life.

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