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WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR TIRE PROPERLY INFLATED

We often take our tires for granted, and they are put under constant stress whether it be from the weight of our vehicles or dealing with hazardous road conditions, such as driving over potholes or errant shards of glass. As the owner of a vehicle, it is your responsibility to keep the pressure consistent to ensure that not only your tires remain in pristine condition, but also to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive. The following blog will detail the importance of properly inflated tires and tips to follow so that you can keep your vehicle safe and operational.

BRAKING SPEEDS

Your car utilizes a system known as ABS (anti-lock braking system) which aids your vehicle in the braking process. The anti-lock braking system not only improves the rate of speed in which your vehicle comes to a halt, but it also helps maintain traction on unfavourable road conditions (i.e. slippery or icy roads). Low tire pressure will not only affect your vehicle’s reaction speed when you need to stop in an instant, but it will also prevent you from maneuvering quickly if you find yourself in a troubling situation.

OVERINFLATION ALSO CAUSES PROBLEMS

Overinflating your tires so that they will not underinflate is not a prudent move for the owner of any vehicle. If you overinflate your tires, the treads on your tire will balloon which will cause the middle section of your tire to wear out faster than the edges of your wheels. This may reduce the lifespan of your tires by 50% or more. Traction is also impacted with over-inflated tires; considering Winter is only a few months away you will want to ensure you are following the tire pressure recommendations as posted in the driver information placard found on the inside of the driver side door. Driving with inflated tires will also make the driving experience more uncomfortable when you drive over bumps and potholes.

FUEL ECONOMY

When your tires are not correctly inflated with either oxygen or nitrogen, your vehicle will, unfortunately, waste more fuel per kilometre. This is because improperly inflated tires create the drag, which if left untreated, will prevent your vehicle from moving smoothly and makes the vehicle move slower as if it were driving through mud. Think about rolling two basketballs down a hill, one is full of air, and one has had 30% of its air extracted. The basketball that is 100% filled will move much quicker and with less resistance than the basketball that is filled 70% of the way because the drag is significantly decreased.

Keeping your tires inflated is easy, and above all, majorly important if you wish to keep your vehicle in excellent condition. For more information or vehicular assistance, contact Jim Wilson Chevrolet Buick GMC.