The Importance of Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure

Minit-Tune & Brake| Thursday, July 27, 2017

Your tires are a critical component to your vehicle’s safety, but also contribute to fuel economy.

To get the most out of your vehicle’s tank, you want tires properly inflated year-round. While checking them now-and-then ensures you have adequate pressure, why not check your tires weekly? Doing so offers numerous benefits that span well beyond the fuel savings at the pump.

Top Benefits of Properly Inflated Tires

Tires are expensive, especially for larger vehicles. Do what you can to prevent premature replacements and keep more money in your bank account each month by checking tire pressure.

Here are just a few of the benefits you can enjoy when your tires stay optimally inflated:

  • Lower Emissions - Underinflated tires lose gas mileage for every one PSI missing. When vehicle tires remain low in pressure, your car burns through fuel faster than it should.
  • Safety - Properly inflated tires are a component of safety on your car. When tires are not inflated to the correct level, they risk traction issues, blowouts on the highway, and less stability on dangerous
  • Performance and Ride - The performance and smooth handling that your vehicle offers depend on the tires. You want properly inflated tires to prevent additional vibrations on the road, and optimize the engine power you paid for.
  • Less Wear and Tear - Your tires, with proper rotations, will last your vehicle longer if you keep them inflated to the proper pressure. While it is important and worthwhile to invest in timely maintenance, repair and replacement of parts, your tires are an expensive component and you should not have to replace them before the normal timeframe.

Overinflation and Underinflation: Know the Difference

Proper inflation is critical, but having too much air in your tires is equally as dangerous as having too little air in your tires. Overinflated tires become stiff and cause a harder ride. Also, you might have centre wear on your tires and the risk of a blowout increases.

Underinflated tires cannot hold their shape and flatten to the ground. It lessens fuel economy, damages your tires faster, and creates a rough ride.

To ensure you have the right pressure, use a high-quality tire pressure gauge. Also, if your vehicle comes with a tire pressure monitoring system, read the owner’s manual to see when the indicators light up. Some vehicles have a TPMS that indicates low pressure after 10 PSI, while others are more sensitive.

Have Your Tires Inspected When You Bring your Vehicle for Auto Repairs in Vancouver and Surrounding Cities

While your vehicle is in for repair, have the technicians at Minit-Tune & Brake Auto Centres check wear and tear and inflate your tires to the proper air pressure. If you need new tires or a scheduled rotation, our team can help you with that too.

Take advantage of our numerous auto care centres and find a location near you for your auto repair in BC. For repair-related questions and inquiries, contact a centre in your area.

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