Always ensure your tyres are properly inflated. Under-inflated tyres can create excessive heat and stress and even lead to ruptured tyres.
If tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface area touches the road
Under-inflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. If tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface area touches the road, which increases friction. Increased friction can cause the tires to overheat, which can lead to premature wear, tread separation and blowouts.
Check your tire pressure regularly and stay safe.
Although tire manufacturers recommend routinely checking air pressure once a month, many drivers never bother unless their tires appear “low.” That is a common misconception. Never trust your eyes. Radial tires can lose much of their air pressure and still appear to be fully inflated.
- Do not rely on the pressure listed on the tires. That number is the maximum allowable pressure, not the manufacturer’s recommended pressure for your tires.
- To find the recommended pressure for your tires, check your owner’s manual or the tire placard, which is usually found on the driver’s door, the glove compartment door, or the gas filler door.
- Once you know the recommended pressure for your tires, get an accurate pressure gauge. Dial type or digital gauges are more accurate than the common pencil-style gauges.
- Check your tire pressure once a month and before long road trips. Always check your pressure after your vehicle has been sitting for a few hours, and always check all five tires. Five tires, you ask? Yes, you should always check the spare.