At the very least, low tire pressure can be a source of frustration. But it’s more than that: low tire pressure is unsafe. It could lead to an accident if your tires fail while driving! Here’s what you need to know about checking your tire pressure before hitting the road.
Tires are the point of contact between your car and the road, so ensuring they’re well-inflated is vital. If a tire is under-inflated, it can increase stopping distance and cause poor handling while driving. It can also lead to premature wear on your tires, which could damage their treads or blow out completely. Additionally, if your tires need to be correctly inflated like most safe drivers, you may be putting yourself at risk for an accident.
If a tire does not have enough pressure, there will be less surface area touching the ground for traction; this makes steering more complex—especially when driving in wet conditions—and increases braking distances because there isn’t enough friction between rubber and asphalt.
Wear & Tear?
A simple tool can check the tread depth and tire pressure at home. To check the tread depth, place a quarter between the tire treads; if you can see all of Washington’s head start to his hairline, it’s time for new tires. To check your tires’ pressure, look on the side walls of each tire for two numbers separated by a dash (example: “35/36”).
Measure that amount in pounds per square inch (PSI) using a tire pressure gauge and adjust as needed until they’re at the recommended PSI printed on your Tire Label located in your glovebox or under your hood. The number is also listed in kPa; a conversion chart will help you decipher it into PSI if needed.
Could you check your tires when they’re cold? If you check your tires when driven on, they may appear to be at a sound pressure when underinflated by several pounds per square inch (psi). Could you check the tire pressure with each tire fully inflated?
The air inside a tire can expand or contract due to temperature changes; thus, each tire must be checked with all four wheels simultaneously and fully inflated. Use a gauge that measures in pounds per square inch rather than kilograms per square centimeter (kPa). Most gauges measure in lbs/in2 (psi).
Know Your Tire Pressure
Could you check your tire pressure regularly? Underinflated tires can cause premature wear, make them more likely to lose control on wet roads, and slow your reaction time in an emergency braking situation. Tire pressure is printed on the side of the tire. You should check it at least once a month when it’s cold (not after driving for a while) or every other month if you use your car less often.
The best way to keep your tires in good shape is by checking them frequently. Here are some tips:
- Check your tires every time you fill up. Low tire pressure can cause a sudden drop in gas mileage, so ensuring they’ve always inflated adequately at the pump is essential.
- If you have an automatic tire gauge that uses an air compressor instead of a hand pump, use that instead. It will give you more accurate results than attempting to inflate with only the air from your lungs or mouth.
- Check when there’s a problem—like when one of your tires has gone flat or if you notice any other issues with their performance (such as excessive vibration or noise). Suppose there’s evidence of damage or excessive wear on any part of the car.
- In that case, it should be brought into the shop for a further evaluation immediately because these may indicate more significant problems within the vehicle itself that could become hazardous during operation later down the road if not addressed quickly enough!
It’s important to understand that you can do several things to ensure your tires are at the correct pressure. At SafeDryver, we have expert drivers who can provide any pick-and-drop service for you seven days a week, 24/7. So what are you waiting for, then?
If you have any questions about your vehicle, consult a mechanic who can assist and advise on keeping your tires in good condition. Book yourself a corporate driver’s service for a hassle-free ride.