Car Crashes From Low Tire Pressure

Tire pressure is simply a measure that describes the volume of air in a tire.  The max amount is listed on the sticker of the door panel that no one tends to look at very often.  The tire pressure can be checked using a standard gauge that can be purchased for a few dollars at Walmart, or by some of the automated air pumps that many gas stations now carry.  Now, seeing that the max amount is what’s listed, the ideal amount will be lower.  It’s best to research this online or actually read the manual for proper procedure.

Maintaining the proper tire pressure is imperative for your safety because it affects everything from turning to braking.  Low tire pressure can severely impact handling to the point of loss of control.  Additionally, specifically with braking, the car will not slow down as fast as it would if the tires were inflated.

If tire pressure is more than it should be, there is less contact with the pavement.  This means that the vehicle will not be stable, and will “jump around” as your run over rough road, bumps, and any other standard hazards that don’t normally impact driving on a daily basis.  The quality of the ride will be impacted as well because the vehicle will not absorb bumps and potholes as it normally would.

The best time to check the tire pressure is when the tires are cold.  That means that the air should be measured when the vehicle is sitting and hasn’t moved.  When driving around, the tires heat up and throw off the gauge readings; it will then be more inaccurate.

When checking the tires, check all of them to ensure that the air volume is even across all four tires.  This is something that can be visually checked frequently, and of course, manually reviewed with a gauge.  Visually, look for a flat looking tire.  If it’s sitting down more than normal, it may be wise to check for real.

Improper tire pressure leads to numerous car accidents each year, as vehicles lose control.  Towing companies constantly report checking car tire pressures and seeing a low volume of air in vehicles that crashed.  The evidence is overwhelming and it clearly shows that the vehicle handling is negatively impacted by decreased levels of air.

If you’ve done everything right, checked your gauges, and you still experience an issue, call for help.  It’s important to have a trust worthy towing service on speed dial in case of emergency.  However, now that this article has been published, we sincerely hope that the cause of the next accident is not low tire pressure.


3 Ways Tire Pressure Affects Your Car

Everyone knows that tire pressure affects the handling of a car, but it does a lot more than that.  Here are 5 ways that tire pressure affects your car, whether you know it or not.

1: Gas Mileage

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Every car has an optimal tire pressure level, which is listed on the driver-side of the vehicle, usually on a sticker.  That optimal tire pressure level ensures that the vehicle performs up to the specifications that were presented to you when you bought it.  Not maintaining the proper tire pressure level has been estimated to waste an average of 5% more gas annually, which equates to roughly $500 if you’re driving around 12,000 miles for the year.  That’s not chump change, and it can be kept in your pocket simply by looking for the “free air” sign at your local gas station and filling the air level to the right amount.

2: Braking Time

Everyone knows that braking time is heavily influenced by the environment.  Dry roads allow for good grip, so the car will be able to perform to optimal levels and stop sooner.  Wet or snowy roads minimize grip, so the car will slip and slide, causing the necessary braking distance to increase significantly.  How does tire pressure affect it?  If the tire pressure is too low, the car will not brake as quickly.  Additionally, lower tire pressure will lead to more body roll on turns.  Over-inflate the tires and the car will stop at the expense of your treads, which can be costly.

3: Tread Life

Tire pressure levels are set for a reason.  The right amount of air pressure in a tire allows it to perform up to par.  With proper inflation, the majority of the surface area of the tire comes in contact with the ground, allowing for maximum performance.  Inflate the tire pressure too low and tread life will decrease at an increased rate.  Increase the tire pressure too much and the tread life will disappear even faster.  Over-inflation pushes out the center of the tire, wearing the treads in an uneven fashion.  This not only ruins the treads, which means costly new tires, but it also decreases the handling of the car because less surface area is touching the road.

For your safety and the safety of those around you, check the tire pressure on your vehicle.  It doesn’t take much to do it.  You have many different options.  (1) Go to your location gas station and check the pressure with the air pump. (2) Go over to your local convenient store and buy a $5 pressure checker tool.  Or (3) check the level the car should be at and ask the person doing your car’s maintenance to set the tire pressure to that level.