The Importance of Tire Pressure
Did you know the pressure of your tires can affect more than just your wheels? Many drivers in the Wellington, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach area often forget about the importance of tire pressure, but worry not! The team at Braman Honda of Palm Beach is here to help refresh your memory.
Below, you will find out more about why tire pressure is crucial in your car’s safety, as well as fuel efficiency. Let’s get started!
Why Proper Tire Pressure is Important
When your tires are inflated to their recommended amount, you will receive the optimal safety while on the road. This also helps in keeping your gas mileage lower, as a properly working-working vehicle is always more efficient.
However, tires can deflate over time which may cause some serious issues on the road. If your tires are low, this can affect braking distances and your vehicle can become less responsive. Both aspects are crucial while on the road, especially if an emergency stop is needed to avoid a possible collision.
Low tire pressure can even result in a blowout or loss of tread. Low pressures can cause your tire’s sidewalls to expand or flex, creating heat. If that is too much, a blowout can happen which could be potentially hazardous.
Additionally, overinflated tires, while less of an issue, still cause some risks. Driving continually on tires that are too full can cause more wear in the center of the tread which could result in an expensive replacement.
Finding the Right Tire Pressure
Every vehicle and tire is different, so referring to your owner’s manual for the proper inflation level is smart. If you do not have access to this manual, there may be a sticker on your trunk lid but remember the optimal level is different from the max level (which is listed on your tire’s sidewall).
Recommended pressure is usually between 30 and 35 PSI (pounds per square inch). You can check this by taking your tire gauge and inserting it into the valve stem of your tires. Do this when your tires are “cold” meaning at least three hours after you have driven.
Proper Tire Inflation Tips
It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure weekly and fill up or deflate if needed. Additionally, always check it before hitting the road for long periods of time.
If you have to check your pressure when the tires “hot” or right after driving, there is usually a PSI number that is typically 2 to 6 higher than normal.
If you’re going to be towing or carrying heavier loads, it’s best to increase the tire pressure. This also goes for if you’re traveling on the highway for an extended period of time.
Check Your Tire’s Pressure at Braman Honda of Palm Beach
If you need some help reading or filling up your tires, stop by our state-of-the-art service center. Our certified technicians can also extend your tire’s life by rotating them or installing a new set if needed.
To schedule an appointment in the Wellington, Boynton Beach, and Palm Beach area, reach out to our team today! We’re always glad to help.