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The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle

As a vehicle owner, it's crucial to ensure your car is always in top condition to keep you and your passengers safe on the road. One aspect of vehicle maintenance that can often be overlooked is tire pressure. However, maintaining the correct tire pressure is essential for your vehicle's overall performance, fuel efficiency, and safety.

Here are some reasons why proper tire pressure is essential:

  • Safety: Driving on underinflated or overinflated tires can significantly impact your vehicle's handling, stability, and braking. It can also lead to a blowout, which can be dangerous, especially at high speeds.
  • Fuel Efficiency: Underinflated tires increase the rolling resistance between the tire and the road, which can result in lower fuel efficiency. This means you'll have to spend more money on gas than you would if your tires were properly inflated.
  • Tire Life: Overinflated tires can wear out the center of the tire faster, while underinflated tires can wear out the outer edges. This uneven wear can shorten the lifespan of your tires, meaning you'll have to replace them sooner than expected.
  • Handling: Proper tire pressure is essential for your vehicle's handling and performance. Underinflated tires can make your vehicle feel sluggish, while overinflated tires can make your car feel stiff and bumpy.

To ensure your tires have the correct pressure, check your vehicle's owner's manual or the tire information placard found inside the driver's door jamb. Use a reliable tire pressure gauge to check the pressure and add or release air as needed. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month and before any long road trips.

Additionally, it's important to remember that tire pressure can change with the weather. For example, during the winter months, cold temperatures can cause tire pressure to drop, while hot summer temperatures can cause it to rise. Therefore, it's essential to check your tire pressure regularly, especially during extreme weather conditions.

If you're unsure how to check your tire pressure or have concerns about your vehicle's tires, bring your car to the auto repair specialists at Nixon Automotive in Burnaby.

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