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How To Check Your Tire Pressure

Not only are tires essential to driving a car, proper tire pressure is essential to staying safe while driving a car.  You might not realize that if your tires are under inflated, it can lead to decreased braking performance and compromised stability.  Tires with low pressure are also more likely to blow out which can lead to catastrophic results, particularly if you’re traveling at high speeds on a freeway.  Even if your tires don’t cause a car accident, low pressure can make them wear down quicker, forcing you to replace them sooner than normal.  If you’re not sure how to check your tire pressure, just follow these simple steps.

  • First, you’ll need a digital tire gauge that you can store in your glove compartment.
  • Secondly, check the inner door of your car to find the manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.  If you can’t find the sticker inside your door, this information will also be in your owner’s manual.  In some cases, your car might require different pressures for your front and rear tires.
  • Unscrew the valve cap for the tire and keep it in a safe place.
  • Gently push the tire gauge into the valve stem and wait 1-2 seconds for the reading.  Don’t worry if you hear a soft “hiss” when you insert and remove the gauge.
  • Make sure you check the pressure when your tires are cold, since they will heat up quickly and give you a false reading if you’ve been driving.  It is best to do this in the morning.

As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I know it’s not uncommon for tires to be almost 10 psi below their recommended level.  This article states that for every 3psi below the recommended level, you burn 1 percent more fuel and wear your tires down by an additional 10 percent.