Checking your tire pressure regularly is essential to safe driving. These are some quick steps to checking the tire pressure and tips on keeping your tires in good condition:

  • Each vehicle manufacture recommends a certain pressure for your tires. You can find this on decal inside the glove box or inside the driver’s side doorjamb.
  • Pressure levels may differ for front and rear tires.
  • Always make sure the tires are cold when checking the pressure, the recommend pressure you find from the manufacture are for cold tires. Driving heats the tires, which makes the air inside expand causing the pressure to be several pounds higher.
  • Be sure to use a good tire gauge. Usually the built in gauge on an air hose or compressor is incorrect.
  • To add air, place the nozzle over the tire stem and squeeze the lever. You will hear the air going into your tire. Be sure to add a little at a time, checking the air pressure to ensure you do not add to much.
  • If you do add to much air to your tire, simply press the needle in the middle of the valve to let air out (you may use a pen or any small object).

If the air pressure in your tire is low it will make your tires run hot, which will use more gas and affects the steering of your vehicle.

Proper tire tread is always important, since that is the only part of the car that touches the road.

Now lets test your knowledge:

  1. Higher speeds can increase tire tread wear. True or False
  2. Tires must be inflated properly. You should check your tire pressure every_____. A) Day B) Month and before a long trip C) Year

Answers: True and B

Have a pleasant and safe day!

Tampa Bay Driving

 

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