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We all are very frugal drivers, aren’t we? How many of us wouldn’t want to take that extra step to cut down on our gas? You’re right, very
few! While we keep a cautious eye on our daily mileage, sometimes even preferring higher quality fuel in the hope for improved mileage
overall, we often have no clue that there’s an easy hassle-free way of saving on fuel – keeping the tires inflated! Several studies have shown
that tires kept at requisite pressure can boost mileage by as much as 3%. On the other hand, every PSI (pounds per square inch) loss of tire
pressure can result in 0.3% drop in mileage. Inconsequential as that might sound, it means that a car running 12,000 miles yearly on under-
inflated tires consumes 144 extra gallons of gas, at a cost of $300-$500 a year. Naturally, keeping your tires at optimum conditions can boost
your mileage and save your cash.
Keep a check on Tire Inflation
To keep your tires at prime status, have a regular check on tire inflation. The monitoring should be as frequent as that of cleaning the
windshield or checking for oil. Usually, you can get your tire inflation checked at a full-service gas station or an auto service center. You can
also easily keep a tab on your inflation status by buying an inexpensive pressure gauge. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) are
increasingly being used now to have a real-time picture of tire pressure. TPMS sensors are fitted into to the tires and they feed the pressure
values to an onboard computer allowing you a watchful eye on the tire pressure.
It’s all about the pressure
So what do you do if you find out that your tire pressure has plummeted a few notches below normal? Yes, you inflate it to the recommended
value and leave it there. The recommended tire pressure is usually provided in the owner’s manual. Be extra cautious that your tire pressure
doesn’t exceed this value as it will make your ride bumpy.
Check pressure when tires are cold
Always check tire pressure when tires are cold since taking the car on the road for a while increases internal pressure. For the same reason,
take pressure readings before hitting the road, to get accurate readings.
Build good tire habits!
Take good care of your tires and be an informed consumer. Monitor your tire pressure regularly. Remember that tire pressures vary with
change in temperature. In case you hit a sudden pothole or ditch, check your tires for a fall in pressure. Also, don’t ignore your spare tire! It
will have your back in case you need a replacement mid-drive.
Did you know? – In addition to poor mileage, use of underinflated tires cause emission of greenhouse gases and lead to pollution.
Do not overinflate the tire
Sometimes, in the event of a nail piercing your tire, it may sound like a wise idea to overinflate your tire. This is a strict no! It will reduce
ground contact with the tire, severely unbalancing your car and can lead to a crash. It may even cause skidding on a wet surface which is
Ensuring your tires are road-worthy is an obvious safety concerns, but your tire health can also have an effect on fuel mileage and how your car drives overall. Following are some pointers about tire wear and how to know when it is time to kiss your rubber biscuits goodbye and invest in a new set.
Replace your tires if any of the following occur:
1. They fail the penny test. A good test for tire wear is sticking a penny into the tread. If you can see President Lincoln’s entire head, then it is time to get a new set.
2. Metal is exposed. If you can actually see the metal wires in your car’s tires, it is time to change them immediately.
3. Your car pulls to one side or the other. While this is likely an alignment issue, the tires have been wearing unevenly while this has been going on. Have your tires checked as well as getting your car aligned properly.
4. The tires are 10+ years old. If tires have actually been on a vehicle this long, it is difficult to trust them anymore, as they can damage much more easily.
5. The season of your tires doesn’t match the outside. If it’s winter and you have summer tires on, you are going to want to make a change. If you don’t, you could find yourself out of control when the first storm hits. All-season tires are a good bet, as they are rated for all four seasons, as long as they aren’t worn out.
To keep yourself safe and improve longevity, make sure to check the tire’s air pressure. Underinflated tires are the leading cause of wear on tires. If you keep them at proper inflation, not only will they last longer, but your car will drive its best as well. Remembering that having your tires rotated will also increase their life, as front tires wear more quickly than rear. Keep these tips in mind – and remember – we carry tires at Howdy Honda, so you can purchase and install them in just one stop.