Importance of Tire Pressure
Properly inflated tire pressure will prolong the life of your vehicle, result in better handling, save gas and save the environment. With properly inflated tires, your tires will wear evenly, which prolongs their life and can improve your vehicle’s fuel consumption which helps reduce air pollution. Correctly inflated, your tires can perform at their best which means better handling, dependable traction and a more comfortable ride for you.
A Few Things to Remember:
Over-inflated tires are rigid and stiff causing the tire’s contact patch (the amount of rubber that meets the road) to be reduced. This will lead to a bumpy ride ride as well as uneven tread wear. The most common type of uneven tread wear due to over-inflation is referred to as “center wear.” The center of the tire will be smooth and worn down while there will be more tread on the sides of the tire.
Under-inflated tires do not hold their shape and are flatter to the ground. So, more of the tire comes in contact with the road, thus causing the shoulders of the tire to wear prematurely. This is referred to as “shoulder wear.” There will be a strip of normal tread down the center of the tire while the shoulders of the tire will be smooth and worn down. Under-inflated tires are more flexible when they roll, leading to increased rolling resistance and therefore a decrease in fuel economy.