The Importance of Checking Tire Pressure
Tire pressure is crucial to having healthy, long-lasting tires. When properly cared for, a set of tires can be good for up to 10 years without needing to be changed. What is it about checking tire pressure that’s so important? Here are some reasons you should be regularly looking at your tires.
- In a perfect world, we would be checking our tires every single morning before driving on them, so odds are you aren’t checking your tire pressure often enough.
- Temperature changes can drastically change the pressure of your tires. Cold temperatures cause tires to lose pressure faster, while high temperatures can make them expand, resulting in overinflated tires.
- The quality of your pressure gauge is important to keep in mind. Keep a good tire pressure gauge in your glove box, even if you have a tire pressure monitoring system, to double-check that your tires are okay.
- Overinflation will cause uneven tread wear in the form of “center wear,” which means the center of the tire will be worn smooth while the outer edges are not. It will also cause the tires to be very rigid.
- Underinflated tires will look “flat,” and causes the inverse type of tread wear from overinflation, with the shoulders of the tires being worn smooth while the center retains tread depth.
Checking tire pressure is a critical part of maintaining the health of your vehicle. If you have any further questions, ask our experts here at Wayne Thomas Chevrolet.