Feb 15 2017

What’s the Deal with Tire Pressure?

46062486 - engineer  balancing  car wheel on balancer in workshopThe inner workings of a car are incredibly complex, to say the least. From the transmission to the brakes, each component of the car plays a critical role in keeping it moving on the road without any problems. The tires in particular require specific and regular attention in order to maximize a vehicle’s performance. By ensuring that your tire pressure enjoys regular maintenance, you can not only save money and gas, but help your car remain safer. The Dangers of Under Inflated Tires Your tires achieve maximum performance by reaching the perfect balance of ground contact. Inflating car tires to the right level generates the right amount of friction that keeps tires gripped to the ground without dragging. However, when tire pressure falls below the recommended level, too much of the tire’s surface touches the road, increasing friction to a dangerous level. This high level of friction overheats the tire and accelerates the rate at which the tire wears down. Overall, cars that drive with consistently under inflated tires risk an unexpected blowout that could cause a major accident on the road. Underinflated tires don’t just place the driver, passengers, and other cars at risk, but they also hurt gas mileage and virtually steal money from your wallet. According to the Department of Transportation, five million gallons of fuel are wasted every single day due to cars with low tire pressure. This means that you could be wasting hundreds of dollars a month at the pump that could be avoided if your tires were properly inflated. Guidelines to Ensure Correct Tire Pressure Most drivers only check tire pressure when the warning light shines on the ignition or a tire looks suspiciously low. However, car manufacturers recommend checking tire pressure once per month to ensure consistency. In order to keep your car tires inflated to the right “goldilocks” level, begin by checking your owner’s manual for the recommended PSI. Head to a gas station that offers an air pump with a PSI reader. Once you see what each tire’s current PSI is, you can fill or deflate accordingly in order to reach the recommended level. Doing this once a month will elongate the life of your tires, increase your safety on the road, and keep more money in your pocket. Considering air only costs about $1 per fill, there’s no reason not to take this simple precautionary measure! For extra help caring for your car in Sarasota, Florida, call Ralph’s Transmission at 941-921 3559. The team at Ralph’s Transmission serves Manatee and Sarasota counties to provide convenient and quality service for all automobiles.