It’s not very often you can improve the comfort, performance, safety and fuel economy of your automobile in one simple step. Yet all it takes is making sure your tires are properly inflated.
Tires are the most under-rated part of your car, truck or crossover, and studies show they’re also, typically, underinflated. Yet a tire that’s low on pressure is likely to impact almost every impact of the way your car behaves – which is why motorists might use National Tire Month as reason to make sure those black donuts are both properly inflated and in good shape.
A tire that’s low on pressure not likely to deliver the comfort designed into your car. But it is likely to wear out faster – and even increase the risk of a blow-out. It can be slower to accelerate and take longer to stop.
Then there’s fuel economy. On average, a tire consumes about 20% of the energy used to move your vehicle forward. Improperly inflated, they can reduce your fuel economy by 10% or more. The Department of Transportation estimates that 5 million gallons of fuel are wasted every day due to under-inflated tires. For the average motorist that can translate into an extra $150 or more in extra fuel costs each year.