One of the regular maintenance tasks that drivers often forget about is keeping their tires properly inflated. Tire inflation changes over time and temperature and can be a safety hazard if not monitored closely. The Crestview Chrysler Service Department can help you with inflating your tires, of course, but it’s important for you to regularly check them yourself and know whether or not they are at the correct pressure. Let’s take a closer look at how to check your tires, and why it’s essential to your safety on the road.
Low Tire Pressure is Dangerous
Tires that aren’t properly inflated will cause a host of problems, such as decreasing your fuel efficiency, impairing the handling of your vehicle, and possibly causing a flat or blowout on the highway. If you notice your tires are low, you need to take care of the problem immediately.
Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems
In many new vehicles, a tire pressure monitoring system is in place to warn you of dangerously low tire pressure in one or more of your tires. This is a helpful safety tool, but don’t let it become a crutch. You should still check your tire pressure regularly.
How to Check Your Tire Pressure
If you get in the good habit of checking your tire pressure weekly, you’ll catch any problems before they become major issues. You’ll be able to assess your tread depth, evenness of tire wear, and possible damage while you do your quick check. Here are a few tips on how to check your tire pressure:
- Get a good tire pressure gauge: The cheap ones at the gas station can be very inaccurate, so do yourself a favor and get one from an auto parts store. Digital gauges are able to be even more accurate.
- Know the correct pressure: This is printed on the driver’s side door where it meets the vehicle, as well as in the owner’s manual.
- Use a high-quality air hose: Sometimes “free” air hoses are of poor quality and can damage the valve of your tire and cause a leak.
- Check the air when the tires are cold: Tires heat up after they’ve been on the road, and will give you an inaccurate reading.
Help! They Won’t Stay Inflated!
If your tires won’t stay inflated then they probably have a leak, which is an inexpensive and easy fix at Crestview Chrysler. Check our service specials before you make your appointment to save yourself some money, then find our dealership at 601 Albert Street in Regina, SK. Drive safely!