Checking your tires on a regular basis can help you improve your gas mileage and is an important part of routine vehicle maintenance.
Proper tire pressure in all four tires improves gas consumption because it keeps the vehicle’s handling better. If you keep the tire pressure at optimum levels, it helps the vehicle to flow better through the air and travels much more smoothly.
As a result, your gas mileage will also be improved. Also, keep in mind that the better the vehicle is handled, the better it runs. You will be less likely to get a flat wheel, less prone to slipping.
Once a wheel is lowered into the air there will be a friction in the car which is another way to explain why the fuel mileage will be affected. That drag will also affect the way the vehicle handles.
I know this is more or less the same, but the reason I’m saying it in a slightly different way is to emphasize the importance of checking the wheel pressure on a regular basis.
Consider this little detail to be much more important during the winter. The reason is, of course, due to being more vulnerable to slipping on the snow or ice during this time of year.
Checking your tire pressure can often help keep you safer on the roads. It will reduce the wear of your tires. Continuous driving with low wheel pressure can cause the belts inside the tires to deform or break.
How often should you check tire pressure?
You should check it at least once a week. You should also check it before you go on a longer trip.
How do we check tire pressure?
On the wheel side, it indicates the size of the wheel. You can also consult the owner’s manual. It will also indicate what the air pressure in the wheel should be. You should look at something along the lines of 35-psi or 40-psi.
Remove the air cap from the valve stem. Take your manometer and apply it to the valve stem. The tire pressure gauge will indicate how much pressure the wheel has. Make sure that you read the same as your tire PSI indicates. Also, make sure all four tires have the same tire air pressure or PSI reading.
How to inflate your tires to the right level of PSI?
There are two ways:
- If you have your air compressor, you can simply connect the hose to the valve stem and fill the tire with air. Be sure not to overfill. Be sure to take the tire pressure gauge and check the level.
- If you do not own your air compressor, simply visit the nearest gas station and look for “air”. Again, be sure to have your tire pressure gauge with you so you can have your tires full to the correct PSI levels.