We all want to save money and when it comes to saving on gas it doesn’t just benefit our bank accounts but it also has a positive effect on the environment. Tires are a very important part of a vehicle; you won’t get anywhere in your car without tires. A vehicles tires support the weight of a car, they cushion your ride and they help you break and steer in the right direction. Your tires are where the rubber meets the road and they are very much essential to a vehicle’s drivability. This is the reason why you really need to pay attention to your tires and make sure they are helping your vehicles fuel efficiency. If your vehicle’s tires are underinflated, it can decrease your gas mileage. This will cost you more money and impact the environment in a negative way. If you take the time to make sure your tires are properly inflated you can improve your gas mileage by over 3%.
Not everyone is privy to vehicle maintenance knowledge, but it’s never too late to learn to do a few things on our own so why not start with learning to check the air in your tires. It will save you money and be less of a hassle to wait for the mechanics to have time to do it. If you just don’t trust yourself then you can take it in to your local repair facilities to check it over regularly but once you get the hang of it, almost anyone can check their tires successfully. With the gas prices of today, having a 3% savings on your gas mileage can add up to about $60 a year. Plus making sure your tires have the appropriate amount of air in them improves how long they last which will also save you money. If you’re unsure of what the proper tire pressure should be for your tires you should be able to find that listed on a sticker on your driver’s side door that reads “Recommended tire size and inflation pressure (cold)”. The sticker should list what your pressure should be for the tires in the front of your vehicle and the tires in back of your vehicle. You may also find this information in your glove box or in your vehicle owner’s manual. Whatever you do, don’t inflate to the number on the tire its self as it is very misleading.
As the years have gone by we eventually got with the times and vehicle manufacturing companies started making sure all vehicles made after 2007 have an onboard tire pressure monitoring system which give you the information you need to know if your tires are properly inflated. Once you’re familiar with the ideal pressure you need in your tires, you can use a tire gauge to check the air pressure levels. To get the best results use a tire gauge when your tires are cold or before your car has been driven for more than a mile or two. If you find your air pressure is low, stop by a gas or service station to fill your tires back to the right pressure and always remember to check in on the pressure of your spare tire to make sure it’s ready for use when you’re in need. Be sure to check for any cuts, bulges or other damage on your tires as well. Good luck with your tire maintenance.