Proper Tire Inflation - Learn About Tire Pressure
Maintaining proper tire pressure is a key part of ensuring performance, safety and efficiency of your tires.
It’s a simple task, but one that’s overlooked many times by drivers. That task is tire inflation. No matter how little your tires may be over or under-inflated, it can have a ripple effect on the performance and safety of your tires.
Effects of low tire pressure
When your tires are under-inflated, it can cause many side effects on your drive and quality of your tires. A major issue is premature wearing, which can force you to have to replace your tires sooner than anticipated. It can also cause heat to build up in the tires making them unsafe for you and other drivers. More serious accidents can occur as a result of low tire pressure such as a blow-out or tire failure.
Effects of high tire pressure
Just as under-inflation can cause serious problems, so can over-inflation. Too much tire pressure can also cause premature wearing. It can also make your ride feel hard and uncomfortable. Tire failure can occur as a result of over-inflation as well.
How to avoid tire pressure issues
One of the best ways to ensure your tire pressure is correct is to follow your vehicle owner’s manual or the placard on your driver’s door. Tire pressure should be checked once a month, and especially when you are preparing for a road trip.
You can check your tire pressure anytime 24/7 using our Free Air Stations at any Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care locations.
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