What is the importance of checking your cars tire pressure regularly? Your cars’ tire pressure is directly linked to your safety. Keep in mind that your tires are in constant contact with the road which can have various elements that could pierce one or more the tires causing them to deflate over time. Given that it is not possible to tell whether a tire is deflated by visually looking at it, You may not easily realize any of your tires has a nail, needle or any other small but sharp object stuck on it if you do not check the tire pressure regularly.
All cars come with the manufacturers specifications on the recommended psi for every vehicle and this psi varies from one vehicle to the other. You can find the per-square-inch information for your car on the glove compartment of your car, on your vehicles owner’s manual or indicated on a sticker located inside the driver’s door jam.
Your tires air pressure should be optimum (neither below nor above the specified psi). When your tires are over inflated (air pressure is above the required psi), they become more prone to pothole damage, irregular tread wear, rougher rides higher internal noise levels and reduced deflection and control especially in cold wet weather because less of the tire surfaces come in contact with the road.
On the other hand, when tire pressure is below the required psi, the tires will not be able to retain the required shapes nor grip the road the way they should. This means that the tires operate in less diminished capacity and as a result are not as effective as they should be.
Checking the pressure on your tires is therefore very important for safe driving as well as to extend the lifespan of the tires. It is estimated that tires loose on Per-Square-Inch (psi) of pressure in a month and this is why you need to check them once every month and every time you plan to go on a road trip. By maintaining the recommended psi for your car, you will be enhancing better performance, safer driving, lower fuel costs, and the lifespan of your tires.
If you are driving in a smooth road, inspecting your tires and checking the tire pressure once a month can be enough but you may need to check it as often as possible if you constantly travel on rough roads with potholes, debris or cover long distances regularly and especially over the winter. This is because; your tires will be more prone to damage and to pressure loss if you constantly drive your car in such harsh conditions.
Examining your tires and checking air pressure levels regularly will enable you to identify small problems early before they escalate into bigger issues that may need a lot more time to fix and sometimes a lot more money. Worn out tires should be replaced with new ones so that the car can operate in its optimum capacity.