Importance of Proper Tire Inflation
By Dan Deary, posted in Phoenix truck painting on July 02, 2015
The 70% you don’t want to include yourself with is the nearly seven out of ten vehicles have at least one under-inflated tire cruising around the streets and highways just asking for trouble. This data is provided by the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association or RMA, and they go on to state that underinflated tires are three times more likely to be a factor in vehicle accidents as compared to tires which are properly inflated. You’d better keep your truck body shop number handy.
Driving on any tire that is not properly inflated is extremely dangerous. More research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that about 30% of cars and light trucks have at least one tire that is underinflated by 8 PSI or more. Of course, the recommendations vary but it is best to not inflate your tires five PSI more or five PSI less than what is recommended for your vehicle.
Check it Before you Wreck it!
Checking your tire pressure monthly, can help in ensuring your tires are properly inflated.
- First, know that the recommended tire pressure is given for cold tires. Checking the tires when they are cold doesn’t allow the air to expand in the tires which will give you a more accurate reading.
- Be sure you check the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on the sticker located on the side of your driver’s door jamb or owner’s manual.
- Take your own air pressure gauge and insert it into the valve stem. Try to avoid air hose gauges at gas stations as many of them give incorrect readings. The air gauge should automatically give you a reading on the air pressure of your tire.
- You can then add air or take some air out so your tires are properly inflated. Be sure when you add or take out air, you check the pressure again with your air pressure gauge.
Some Quick Tips Before You Roll Out
- Be sure to check your tire pressure when the seasons change, your tires naturally will lose air in the winter and gain air in the summer.
- If you plan on carrying a large load, add a few extra pounds to your back tires. Overloading your vehicle mixed with low tire pressure can lead to a tire blowout, which will definitely put a dent in your vacation plans!
- Nitrogen filled tires are a thing to ponder. Nitrogen molecules are larger than oxygen molecules which don’t let them pass as quickly through tires. In a recent article published by Bridgestone, truck tires filled with compressed air can lose up to two PSI a month as compared to nitrogen filled tires which lose the same two PSI in six months. There seem to be a lot of benefits to driving with purely nitrogen in your tires as compared to having them filled with regular compressed air, which is 80% nitrogen, but that decision is up to you the driver, to make.
Ensuring your tires are properly inflated lets you get the most out of your tires, better fuel efficiency for your truck and safer traveling for you and your family.