tire pressureWhat is Tire Pressure?

Tire pressure is the measure of the amount of air in a vehicle’s tires, in pounds per square inch. For optimum safety, you should check your tires’ pressure with a pressure gauge when the tire is cold/undriven, at least monthly.

Why is Tire Pressure Important?

Having the proper tire pressure is a critical safety issue. After the brakes, the tires are the most important safety feature on your car. Keeping your tire pressure in check will ensure that you are driving under the safest conditions possible. Having the incorrect tire pressure, either too low or too high, may cause the following issues:

  • Under-inflated tires
    • affect vehicle load
    • weight carrying capacity
    • waste fuel
    • require more traction
    • excess usage of gasoline
    • wear much quicker
    • build up more heat
    • more easily punctured
  • Over-inflated tires
    • reduced gripping capacity
    • skidding in wet conditions
    • excessive spinning at high speeds
    • bumpy ride
    • overwear

How do you determine the correct tire pressure for your car?

Often times drivers will use the pressure recommendation given on the tire which is actually the maximum allowable pressure and this results in over-inflating the tire. The vehicle owner manual will indicate the proper tire pressure you should use taking into consideration the weight of the car. If the vehicle owner manual is not available, Firestone Complete Autocare offers a recommended pressure after you provide the make and model of your car.

Maintaining correct tire inflation helps optimize tire performance and the fuel economy of your car. Ideal tire pressure allows you to experience a more comfortable ride, durability in your tires and longevity in the life of your tires. Cool Wave Car Wash wishes to remind everyone to check their tire pressure regularly to promote safety on the road.