When should you check your tire pressure?

man filling up tire with air

How to check your tire pressure

There are a lot of things that can go wrong while on the road. One of the most common problems can be traced back to not having the proper air pressure in your tires. This can lead to possible blowouts or flats, and can leave you stranded on the side of the road. Checking your tire pressure is a quick and easy way to make sure that your vehicle stays in tip top shape.  

An easy way to take stock of your tires is by doing a visual check. If they look low, they likely are and you should inflate them. Otherwise, about once a month you should take a pressure gauge and check the pressure of your tires. Different tires need to be at a different PSI, so be sure to check either your owner’s manual or the driver’s side door on older vehicles for the recommended pressure. Most tires need to be inflated to about 30 PSI, but if you don’t know for certain, you should always check what the manufacturer recommends. To check your tire pressure, simply unscrew the cap on the end of the air valve, and put it in a safe place. If you have a pressure gauge, press down on the valve and remove. Check the reading against the recommended PSI, and if it is too low, fill it with air.

schedule tire maintenance today in front of three tiresBenefits of checking your tire pressure 

Besides leading to blowouts, having deflated tires reduces gas mileage by .2% for every pound per square inch (PSI) under the recommended level. This means that having properly inflated tires will save you money in the long run, not only from stopping at the pump less, but also from helping lessen the effect of wear and tear. Having a tire that isn’t properly inflated, whether that’s due to a puncture or from regular leakage, can be dangerous for you and others on the road. A flattened tire will lead to reduced control, and a higher likelihood of your vehicle being involved in a car accident.

If you are experiencing problems with your tires, check them yourself first, and if that problem persists, bring your vehicle to Sanders Ford for maintenance in either Jacksonville or Swansboro.  If your Ford vehicle needs new tires, check out these tips, and visit Sanders Ford for information on any tire specials.

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