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Get Pumped: Three Reasons To Check Your Tires

January 7, 2020, 12:00 am

Some of the most important car maintenance is also the easiest. Want to save money on repairs, get more life out of your tires, and improve your fuel efficiency? It takes about three minutes per month! 

While sticking with a regular service schedule is important, there are a lot of little things you can do to take care of your vehicle on your own without being a gearhead. One of the most important and effective things any car owner can to do really look after their car is to check your tires for the correct air pressure. Maintaining the recommended tire pressure can have a big impact on a variety of parts. 

We recommend checking your tire pressure roughly once a month. A lot of our customers tend to make checking their tires a part of whatever might be the longest journey you plan on making. Most gas stations will have an air pump with a gauge, while pressure gauges are very inexpensive and available at auto shops, parts stores, and many gas stations as well. You can find the recommended tire pressure on the side of your tires. These recommendations will often offer a range of pressures that are safe to maintain. 

A short investment in time can have a big impact. By making sure your tires are properly inflated, you’ll get more life out of your tires. Low tire pressure can cause premature or accelerate wear, especially on softer compound snow tires. The correct tire pressure can also have a big impact on your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. For every 1 psi you’re low, you lose .2% fuel economy. Over the course of a year, that’s hundreds of dollars wasted! 

Maybe the most important reason to check your tires is safety. Correct inflation makes your car handle and stop more safely, as well as handle road hazards like potholes, standing water, and debris with less risk of puncture. 

You can expect to need to add air to your tires once or twice a year, something that your regular service should take care of. If you find that your tires are consistently low, you may have a slow leak caused by an issue with the tire, or in the valve itself. Leaking valve cores are a quick and easy fix, often costing just a few bucks. 

Put a reminder in your phone or make a note on your calendar at home to check your tire pressure once a month. Find a gas station that has a pump and a gauge, and take the time to stay safe, save money, and have a better driving experience, too!

 

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