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Why Tire Pressure Does Matter

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Our tires are something that we rarely think about as we travel in our car. They are just those round things on the underside of your car that makes the car roll.

You have to replace them once in awhile. Unfortunately, that is the extent of the knowledge that most people have about our car's tires. But tires are way more important than most people realize.

First of all, your tires are the only part of the car that is actually in contact with the road. Tires that are worn or thin can easily blow out. The scary part is they can cause accidents…sometimes even fatal accidents.

Tire Pressure:

It is vitally important that you keep up on the maintenance of your tires. One area that you should maintain is proper inflation with the correct PSI.

Overinflated tires can cause difficulty with your steering and control of your vehicle. Where as underinflated tires are going to cost you a lot of extra money for gasoline and poor gas mileage.

You will find the correct inflation for the tires on your car in your vehicle's owner's manual. Tire pressure should be checked on a weekly basis to ensure that it stays correct.

Regrettably, tires do not inflate themselves, but they can slowly lose air pressure. A drop of even five pounds of pressure can decrease your gas mileage by 2%.

Also, tires that are underinflated will cause more friction. More friction means that your engine must work harder. Which in turn, when your engine works harder, it logically burns more fuel.

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Proper inflation is important during all seasons of the year, but it is especially important to know during cold weather. Cold temperatures reduces the air pressure in your tires. So remember to check the pressure in your tires more often in cold weather.

Other suggestions for maintaining safe tires are:

Radial tires:

They are more fuel efficient then bias tires. Overall radial tires have better traction and flotation, improved cut resistance in the tread area and will run much cooler than a bias tire. Basically a radial tire offers longer tread life and a smoother ride.

Rotate your tires:

Follow the recommendations of your tire manufacturer for rotating your tires. Each tire and wheel is removed from your vehicle and moved to a different position to ensure that all your tires wear evenly and last longer. You should rotate the tires every 6 months or 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

Tires Aligned:

An alignment is usually done after you install new tires. The purpose of doing an alignment is to square a vehicle's wheels and axels with one another so they will move in the same direction.

Having your tires aligned will get you the most life from your new tires.

So, remember to maintain the proper tire pressure, rotate your tires and have your new tires aligned. These suggestions should give your tires a longer life from your tread.

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