Maintaining the recommended tire pressure is very important not only for getting a longer tire life but also for safe, comfortable, and fuel economic driving.
You may find some tires with max pressure written on the sidewall but that is not the recommended pressure. That’s the maximum pressure that a specific tire can hold. Don’t dare to use that pressure because that could bust the tires after running a few miles.
“A tire can run in different tire pressure and load depending on the vehicle”
The Best Way!
The best way to know the recommended pressure is by checking your vehicle’s manual or tire pressure sticker which is commonly located in the doors of your car. If you check your vehicle carefully, you will find a chart like an image below.
In the chart, you can see what should be the tire size and pressure for your vehicle. The recommended tire size is R17 and the front tire pressure is 32PSI and for rear tires, it is 30PSI when the tire is cold. Hence, this vehicle owner should maintain the given tire pressures.
However, after running few miles you may see an increase in the tire pressure as the tire will become heated but that is not a big concern because the recommended pressure by the vehicle manufacturer is given in the chart. Even if the pressure increases, it will not create any problem for the vehicle or tire performance.
Tips: It’s not possible to go to the tire shop frequently to check the tire pressures. Hence, buy a tire pressure gauge and a portable air compressor to maintain the tire pressure regularly. It may cost you a few bucks but will save thousands of your hard-earned money.
Why Should You Maintain the Recommended Tire Pressure?
Maintaining the appropriate tire pressure is important to get the following performances:
- Excellent braking capability of your vehicle.
- Causing the minimum tire wears.
- You get good handling from your vehicle.
- Maximum fuel efficiency.
- Comfortable ride.
- Minimize the risk of tire blowouts.
Tire Pressure and Your Safety
Tire pressure is vital for safe driving. Low or high tire pressure can affect the vehicle’s handling capacity up to 20% which is a big scale and we all want the best driving experience from a car.
Braking is also affected if you don’t maintain the right tire pressure. The braking distance may increase up to 5% with underinflated tires which could be a fact of life and death. Moreover, inappropriate tire pressure may cause tire blowout which is sometimes deadly if happened to the front tires.
If you maintain the pressure regularly, at the end of the month you will find that you have saved a lot of fuel. Don’t compromise with safety because tire pressure is a vital safety fact that you must be aware of.