This weekend you might be heading out of town to enjoy the last weekend of summer. If you are going for a hike, visiting friends and family, or just leaving town to hit the open road be sure you make sure your vehicle is ready before leaving home. When it comes to fuel economy tire pressure is right at the top of the list. You can add all the additives to your vehicle you want, but if your tire pressure is not right, you will be wasting your money.
With the changing of the seasons, it is important to check your tire pressure as the warm and cold air will influence the pressure inside your tires. It is recommended to check your pressure at least monthly; it is key to do this when the tires are cool, as the friction created between your tires and the road will increase the temperature in your tires and the PSI will increase. For the right pressure that your tires need this can be found on a label on the driver’s side doorjamb on most vehicles and if not found there check your owner’s manual. It is also important not to over inflate your tires as well. Overinflating can make your ride rough, but underinflated tires will cause the wear on your tires to wear faster and the performance of your vehicle to increase.
Poor Tire Pressure Can Result in:
• Low gas mileage
• Sluggish steering
• Poor tire wear
• Poor vehicle performance
It is always ideal to keep a tire gauge in your vehicle to check your tire pressure. These can be picked up at any auto parts store or even at most convenience stores.