Having the right amount of air in your tires is so much more than getting that annoying tire pressure warning light to turn off. Over inflate your tires, and you can lessen your tires’ grip and traction, under inflate and you can cause your tires to heat up and get overstressed easily. Aside from safety concerns, tire pressure can also affect the fuel economy of your car, giving you poor gas mileage.
So, how often should I check the air pressure in my tires?
Although the eye test can be helpful it’s not enough to rely on the visual appearance of your tires. To ensure that they are properly inflated, it’s useful to test regularly. Some experts recommend checking every time you fill up at the gas station but many dealer sites recommend checking your tires with a gauge at least once a month.
To check the air in your tires you can purchase a tire pressure checker or check to see if your local gas station has one. Many gas stations will charge you a few quarters to check and fill your tires with air.
Ideally you will wait several hours after driving before actually checking your tire pressure, this will allow your tires to cool down and give a more accurate reading. If you aren’t checking the pressure at your home, look for the closest one possible to keep your tires from heating up too much.
How much air should I put in my tires?
Standard tire pressure typically ranges from 30-35 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch).
To find the proper amount of required air pressure for your tires, you can usually check either the car’s user manual, or the sticker on the inside of the driver side door jamb. Cars.com warns against going off the number listed directly on the tire, this is usually “the maximum pressure the tire can hold, not the recommended pressure for the vehicle.”
It’s important to be even more vigilant during the fall/winter months as cold temps can cause drastic fluctuations in your tire pressure. If the temps drop overnight you could lose several PSI overnight.
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