Did you know that too low tire pressure could cost you money? It is however the case. Low air pressure in the tires increases fuel consumption and forces you to buy tires more often.
Faced with the current high price of gasoline, you are probably looking to reduce your consumption. One of the best ways to optimize fuel consumption and extend the life of your car's tires is to monitor their tire pressure.
A tire with high air pressure is well inflated so that less rubber adheres to the road. Low air pressure means that a larger area of the tire has to grip the road, causing more friction. This friction can cause tires to overheat dangerously and cause (at worst) an accident or (at best) additional wear on expensive tires. When the surface of the tire in contact with the road increases, its sidewalls risk being destroyed.
Owners of cars manufactured after 2007 can easily check if their tire pressure is low. A “tire pressure check” light comes on. If you have an older car, check the tire pressure if:
The optimum tire pressure is normally indicated on a sticker on the inside of the driver's door. The pressure is followed by psi or pounds per square inch. The recommended tire pressure for most current cars is around 35 psi.
Do not go to the other extreme by inflating your tires excessively, otherwise, you will encounter another set of problems. For example, you may feel jerks while driving as the tires do not absorb impacts as well. In addition, you will lose traction on a slippery surface if the tire pressure is too high because the surface of the tire in contact with the road decreases. Do not inflate the tire to the “Max Cold Press” value indicated on the side of the tire. This is the maximum pressure recommended by the car manufacturer, not the optimum pressure.
To inflate your tires, go to a gas station, locate the air pump, and park as close to the pump as possible. Uncap the tire valve cap, plug in the air nozzle, and add air until the tire is properly inflated. The cost of tire inflation should be low, if not nonexistent.
Finally, remember that tire pressure changes with the seasons. Hot weather increases tire pressure, while Canada's icy winters reduce it. Be extra careful in cold weather!