The advantages of having proper tire pressure are so evident that newer vehicles now have what’s called a tire pressure monitoring system, or TPMS. Here are the main reasons why the owner of the car or truck should carry around a tire pressure gauge to periodically check their tires.
Safety – Tires are engineered to perform safely. In order to perform per the specs of the manufacturer, tires require regular maintenance. Improperly inflated tires will cause handling problems. Tires in poor condition can cause your vehicle to not accelerate, brake or steer properly. Antilock brakes and traction control systems may not work correctly with tires that are not properly inflated. When tires don’t handle properly due to poor inflation and other maintenance issues, they could be a contributing factor in having an accident.
Fuel Consumption – Properly inflated tires will help give your vehicle fuel better mileage thus, allowing you to go further between fill-ups. And spending less on gas or diesel.
Improves the Life of the Tire – It’s proven that proper tire inflation means tires won’t wear out as quickly. Along with other maintenance tips such as rotation, balancing and alignment; proper tire pressure will help avoid bad wear patterns on your tires which could cause the need for premature replacement.
Environment – Proper tire inflation helps increase fuel efficiency. Therefore, better maintenance of tires could ultimately lower the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants from entering the atmosphere.
Cost Savings – Tires that are properly maintained will help a vehicle run more efficiently and prolong their life. With proper tire maintenance, you could potentially save a couple of tanks of gas each year (depending on the mileage driven – it could be more or less). Due to the fact that tires will last longer you could also save the cost of one or two sets of tires over the average life span of a vehicle
If you don’t understand proper tire inflation and the details of regular tire maintenance, you should take a look at the owner’s manual for your vehicle. Follow regular maintenance to keep tires in better condition, save money and improve safety.