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One Simple Action Can Lead To Better Efficiency, Longer Life And Safer Driving

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, the simplest and cheapest maintenance task is also one of the most likely to be overlooked. Yet not performing this easy task can lead to some costly consequences.

We’re talking about managing the air pressure in your tires.

Your vehicle’s tires are designed to work with a specific air pressure. If you do not manage tire pressure, one or more of the tires can become over- or underinflated. Both errors reduce the amount of tread that is firmly in contact with the road. This reduces traction, which means you will not be able to accelerate, stop or steer as quickly.

In addition:

  • Overinflated tires don’t flex at all, so you will feel more bumps in the road. So will the tires, which are more likely to be damaged by potholes or rocks.
  • Underinflated tires reduce fuel economy, costing you more at the pump.

To manage tire pressure properly, you need to first know what the recommended pressure is for your vehicle. You can usually find this listed on a placard in the driver’s side doorjamb. The tires themselves will have a tire pressure printed on the sidewall, but this is the maximum pressure they can handle; it is likely not the ideal pressure for your vehicle.

You can then manage tire pressure by regularly checking each tire with an inexpensive tire gauge. Air expands as it gets hotter, which means you will want to check the pressure before driving, when the tires are coolest. It also means you will naturally have to manage tire pressure throughout the year, as our cold New York winters will cause your tires to seemingly deflate, even without a leak.

For more information about managing tire pressure, contact us at NYE Automotive Group. We’ll be happy to help.

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