The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Tire Saftey: Tire Pressure

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In order to prevent unnecessary tire failure, it’s important to ensure you’re driving with proper amount of pressure in all 4 tires. Vehicle manufacturers are the ones that dictate the necessary PSI for your vehicle, this information is typically found on the driver’s side door or fuel door cap. If you can’t find it there, check your owner’s manual.

If you do not have a tire gauge at home, you’ll need to drive to a nearby gas station, car wash or auto repair shop. It’s important to mention that if you’re driving somewhere to check your tire pressure, you’ll need to wait for the tire’s to cool off, even if you have only driven one mile. Hot tires can distort actual tire pressure.

  1. Starting with your first tire, remove the cap and place the gauge onto your tire cap.
  2. Add air until you have reached desired tire pressure. Updated gas stations often have tire pressure machines that will automatically stop when you have reached your dialed tire pressure. Don’t forget to add air to your spare tire too!
  3. If you have added too much air into the tire, remove some of it by pushing down the metal stem in the middle of the valve. Routinely check tire pressure until you have reached the desired amount.
  4. Before taking off, make sure to visually inspect all 4 tires to make sure there are no foreign objects lodged into any of the tires.

Routinely checking tire pressure will help to keep you and your family safe, as well as other driver’s on the road. Keep in mind that tire air pressure tends to increase in warmer weather, while it decreases in colder weather. The adjustment is about 1 to 2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.