Work and home responsibilities take an enormous amount of time each day. While being under pressure is not healthy for people, its also very bad for your tires.
Tires can lose 1 to 2 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure each month. When tires are under pressure, they become more stressed and can get hot under the collar. Well, under the rim, anyway.
Excess stress on people can cause health problems. Excess stress on tires because of low inflation pressure can decreased fuel economy, make tires wear out faster and can affect vehicle safety. Under-inflated tires generate heat that, over time, can cause tire failure.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that under-inflated tires contribute to 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries each year.
Unfortunately, 85 percent of American drivers fail to properly check tire pressure, according to a motorist survey by the Rubber Manufacturers Association. On the bright side, promoting healthy tires is simple and only takes five minutes each month. The key prescription: check the air pressure with a tire gauge.
Make sure that you check tires when they are coldbefore driving even a mile. This will ensure an accurate reading since tire temperature increases while driving, and that causes tire pressure to rise.
Next, use the correct tire pressure for your vehicle. Nearly 45 percent of drivers do not know where to find the correct tire pressure for their car. Hint: dont look on the tire! The pressure listed on the tire sidewall is the maximum pressure for the tire. Find a label on the drivers door or check the owners manual. Vehicle manufacturers establish the recommended inflation pressure.
Finally, dont forget to check the spare. Seventy percent of drivers never check the inflation pressure in the spare tire. Getting a flat tire is bad enough. A flat spare tire when you need it most just adds insult to injury.
To learn more about proper tire care and how to Be Tire Smart, visit href=http://www.betiresmart.org>betiresmart.org.
from the Oct. 10, 2007, issue