Are you one of those drivers that don’t pay a lot of attention to low tire pressure in their cars? Well, after you are done reading this article, you will start caring about your tire pressure to ensure a good and safe drive.
I must confess I used to be one of those careless drivers, but when I realized how important is to at least check every day the pressure of my tires, I felt safer when driving. This time I want to write about the importance of always keep your tires’ pressure in perfect conditions. Just read me out.
What happens if you have low tire pressure?
Driving with very low tires will shorten the life of them, in a negative way. That morning you jump into your car totally ignoring a low tire, thinking that you will get it fixed after work or until the weekend, well, let me tell you that you will regret it.
To make it simple, let’s imagine instead of driving a car, you are riding a bike. When the tires are properly filled, the bike is easy to pedal. But if the tires are low on air, the effort increases dramatically.
The consequences of driving with a low-pressure tire are as follows: Your tire’s surface area will be touching the ground more than it should be, which causes more friction between your tires and the surface of the road. If this is happening your tires will wear out sooner than later.
Also, if you drive right into a bump, it may cause a blowout right in the middle of the road and probably causing an accident if you were driving at high speed. This will lead directly to you spending lots of money on new tires or a new car or even worse.
Picture the following situation: You’re driving 55 mph on a highway and suddenly you hear your tire blows. Something like this can cause you to lose control of your car, putting yourself, your companion, and other drivers in danger.
All of this can be avoided only by checking your tires’ pressure.
How often you should check your tires?
The recommendation is to do a complete check out of tires once a month. But if you are going on a long road trip due to vacations or work trips, you should do it again.
Make sure the pressure is indicated by the car’s manufacturer. If you don’t know how much is the recommended measure, you can check it out on a placard placed at the side of the pilot’s side door.
Also, you can do a quick checkout every morning before driving, you don’t have to kneel and measure it, just a look to verify any of the 4 tires are low, that is looking at a good size. Or, get yourself a handheld tire-pressure gauge, these are usually very cheap and you can get them in any car parts store.
Besides this, I will share with you some signs that will be an indication that your tires are hitting low pressure, read carefully.
- Your car is underperforming. By this I mean that your car is registering fewer miles per gallon, this is because your tires aren’t in their best conditions so they aren’t matching with the actual engine performance.
- If you notice your MPG isn’t the same anymore, we recommend you first check your tires.
- You hear a flapping noise. If you hear that sound, you should pull over immediately. This sound is a clear indication that you got a flat tire or almost. For any reason keep driving in that state, the only thing you will accomplish is a destroyed wheel and rim.
- Your stirring wheel feels weird or shakes. If you notice your stirring wheel moving weird or shaking when driving, this is another clear indication that something is wrong with your tires.
- Good thing is that usually when you first notice this, the pressure is not very low, it can be fixed fast by going to a gas station and check the pressure, also fill them if needed.
- TPMS is your friend. You can find the Tire Pressure Monitoring System usually in the newer cars. This system lights a symbol on the dashboard. Its objective is to warn you when it detects a low-pressure wheel.
Hopefully, these signs will be helpful the next time you drive. It’s a sign of a good driver when you are very aware of every movement or sound your car does because this means you can act fast and fix whatever is causing it.
Overall, if you keep your wheels in good shape, giving them regular maintenance, they will allow your vehicle to deliver the fuel economy, handling, and safety it was built to provide.
Let us know your best tips to avoid a low-pressure tire.