Maintaining Proper Tire Pressure
Adjusting tire pressure is one of the simplest steps you can take to improve the performance and safety of your vehicle. Tires inflated to the wrong pressure can affect the way your vehicle handles on the road, which can decrease your gas mileage, put undue stress on your engine, and can cause you to more easily lose control around curves or on slick surfaces. For this reason it is important to frequently check your tire pressure and ensure that your tires are inflated to the proper level.
Checking and Adjusting Tire Pressure
To ensure that your tires are inflated to the proper levels, you should adhere to the following safety tips:
- Measure pressure with a reliable tire pressure gauge. It is highly inaccurate to estimate tire pressure simply by looking.
- Check your vehicle owner’s manual to determine the proper inflation pressure. Many people inflate their tires to the number listed on the side of the tire. However, this number is the maximum amount of pressure the tire can safely hold, not the pressure that is optimal for your individual vehicle, which is listed in your manual.
- Check and adjust tire pressure monthly. Pressure varies with temperature, so tires may need more air in winter months and less air in summer months.
By keeping your tires inflated to their proper levels, you can not only improve the performance and longevity of your vehicle, but you may also prevent a dangerous accident.
Unfortunately, not everyone keeps their vehicles in proper working order, which can present hazards to others on the road. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries and other losses. To speak with a qualified Wisconsin car accident lawyer, contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874.