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It is fairly common knowledge (or, at least it should be) that if your tire starts looking flat you need more air.  At some point, without air, you may just end up changing it for the spare. But did you know that your tires can lose air pressure without you even noticing? If you’re not checking your tire pressure on a regular basis (every month is recommended) you could be costing yourself money or even cutting down on your car’s overall performance.

Here are the five other reasons you need to check the pressure in your tires.

1. Optimize your tire performance and fuel economy ― especially useful with the AC running all the time and gas price fluctuations.
2. Improves the durability and performance designed to match the needs of your vehicle.
3. Avoid having the sidewall flexing and tire squirming.
4. Avoid heat build up and potential rolling hazards.
5. Stabilize the structure of your tire, blending the tire’s responsiveness, traction and handling.

For those of you who don’t know, or are unsure, checking your air pressure is easy; all you need is a tire gauge. Gas station air hoses typically will have a gauge built in; when you put the filler hose fitting onto the tire stem, the gauge will display the current Pounds per Square Inch (PSI). The proper PSI will vary from tire to tire, but the proper PSI should be listed on your tire placard (often inside the driver’s side door frame) or in your car’s user manual. It is important to note that the number/PSI written on the tire side-wall is actually the maximum permissible PSI for the tire and does not necessarily reflect the correct pressure for your specific vehicle. When filling your tires, always adhere to the vehicle recommended PSI (usually around the mid 30′s for most cars). It is also recommended by tire manufacturers that you check your tire pressure ‘cold’.  This does not actually have anything to do with the actual outside temperature. Rather, it refers to the idea that you should wait at least 3 hours from the last tire use to check the pressure.

For more automotive maintenance tips, check out our other blog posts which will include a variety of tips including topics from how to protect your vehicle from annoying parking-lot dings with our patented car door guards to engine maintenance tips.

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