Tire pressure may very well be one of the last things we think about when it comes to driving. However, driving within the specified tire pressure actually ensure that your vehicle operates in its optimum traction whilst ensuring even wear resulting prolonged use and more bang for your buck for sure.
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to ensure that you not only inflate your tires as recommended but you do so regularly:
1. Refer To The Manufacturer Specifications
You can find the manufacturer specified tire pressure you should use for your vehicle in the vehicle owner’s manual or on the sticker located in the driver’s side door jamb. Though you can also find the tire pressure markings on the sidewalls of your tires, you should never use them as they indicate the maximum and not the recommended pressure.
2. Checking Tire Pressure Regularly
It is rather obvious that simply knowing the correct tire pressure and inflating them to the specified pressure is just half the story. If this is not done regularly, you will only enjoy the optimum traction and even wear of your tires for as long as the tire pressure remains within that desired pressure. It is recommended to test your tire pressure at least once a month.
3. Checking Tire Pressure In Ambient Temperature Changes
Tire pressure is also affected by ambient temperature and usage. Yes, your tires heat up when used. So the best time to test your tire pressure is when it is cold (or rested).
Tire pressure can vary 1-2 pounds per square inch (psi) for every 10-degree Fahrenheit (5.5 Celcius) difference in ambient temperature, according to Goodyear. So it makes sense to perform a tire pressure test when there are weather changes that affect the rise or fall in temperature.