Benefits of Keeping Your Tires Properly Inflated

Too often, drivers rely on sight alone to determine if their tires are properly inflated. It isn’t until one or more tires begin to look like they are heading toward a flat that they decide to “fill it up” with air. The fact is that too much or too little air may be more of a problem than you think.

You will find the right pressure for your tires in your owner’s manual, and you should also find it on the sticker inside your door. It is important to note that if you change tires, the new ones may have a different PSI listed on the side of the tire.

If you have problems maintaining tire pressure, schedule a service appointment with the service department at the Chrysler dealership. Otherwise, you waste money and energy and put your safety at risk every time you drive.

The Matter of Fuel Consumption

The air pressure in tires is measured in Pounds per Square Inch, or PSI. Underinflated tires take more energy to move around, causing them to use more fuel and contribute more to environmental pollution. According to ThoughtCo. a study performed by Carnegie Mellon University determined that most of the cars driven in the U.S. have tires inflated to 80% of their recommended PSI rating.

The impact is about a 3.3% loss in mileage and approximately 144 gallons in added fuel use for the average driver. Simply put, underinflating tires can cost between $300 and $500 dollars annually. All that added gasoline also means 20 additional pounds of CO2 being released into the environment for every driver with underinflated tires.

The Matter of Fuel Consumption

Another problem with under-inflated tires is that it takes longer for you to come to a stop and increases skidding distance on wet roads. Properly inflating tires makes you much less likely to lose control of your car or to run into the car in front of you.

Over-Inflated Tires

Don’t let the problems associated with under-inflated tires lead you too far in the opposite direction. There are issues with over-inflated tires as well. A tire that has too much air inside it doesn’t have as much surface in contact with the road as one that is properly inflated. Over-inflation results in a bumpy ride and uneven wear on the tire tread. This also makes the tire more vulnerable to damage from rough spots in the road.

Measure the PSI in your tires

Keeping Track of Your Tires

Use a good quality pressure gauge to measure the PSI in your tires. Check your tires, at least once a month and before driving, while they are still cool. The weather can cause the pressure to increase or decrease. Cold temperatures can cause the pressure to drop, while hot weather sometimes causes it to rise. Make sure you check tires following a change in seasons.

When you purchase a 2008 or newer vehicle at Chrysler dealerships, your vehicle will come with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). This system will warn you whenever any of your tires reach a pressure that is 25% lower than it should be. You should check the tire’s pressure and inflate it to bring it up to the recommended PSI. If the tire seems to be losing air pressure quickly, you should have the tire checked for a leak or puncture.

You should also schedule regular service appointments to have your tires evaluated for wear. Driving on unevenly worn tires or those that have insufficient tread can also make driving less safe. The tires are the foundation of your car. Make sure you keep them properly inflated and in top condition year round.