Why Your Tire Pressure is Important

Why Your Tire Pressure is Important

Mechanics, car experts, and do-it-yourself aficionados will all tell you that regularly checking the fluid levels in your car is important to ensuring both longevity and optimal performance. One such fluid to regularly check is one that is frequently ignored or forgotten about: the air pressure in your tires.

Why is it Important?

Basic science tells us that objects expand and contract based on the temperature around them, and air is no exception. As your tires heat and cool, so does the air inside them. Over time, air tends to escape from tires, resulting in a loss of internal air pressure.

Your tires are designed to operate at a particular level of this pressure that encourages their maximum structural integrity, surface grip, and other characteristics. When your tires fall below this level, they soften. This can potentially damage the sidewall, including bubbling, cracking, and even slow leaks. While slightly under-inflated tires are softer and make for an easier, more comfortable ride, they’re also less-capable of handling corners, resulting in more body roll and a quicker loss of traction.

Tires that are overinflated present many of the opposite effects, many of which are also issues. A tire that is too hard makes for a much rougher ride, which is more uncomfortable for you and your passengers. While hard tires are better for handling high-speed corners, too much air pressure can result in uneven tread wear, lack of grip in corners, and a significantly elevated chance of a serious blowout.

Checking Your Pressure

Fortunately, checking your tire pressure is simple. The only thing you need is a tire pressure gauge, which you can get from any auto parts store for a couple bucks. Using this gauge, check all four of your tires by plugging the end into the stem of your tire.

You can find the recommended tire pressure in two places: the jam of the driver door and the sidewall of the tire. If your tires are low, then add air to the tires using an air compressor (which can be found at nearly any gas station). If your tires have too much air, then the gauge usually has a small bump on the back that you can use to open the valve in your tire stem and let some air out.

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