Remember when President Obama said that one way people can decrease the gas they use is by properly inflating their tires? Whatever you think of the dude’s politics, the tire pressure thing is spot on.
Not only does having your tires properly inflated increase your fuel efficiency, it also will extend the life of your tires (and both these things will save you hard-earned cash).
Your tire treads will wear unevenly if one or multiple tires are half flat or too full. Uneven treads mean you’ll need to rotate the tires more often, and you’ll need to replace them sooner than if you’d just had them properly inflated.
Most people don’t realize that there’s about 2 inches on each tire that’s actually touching the ground when you drive. This makes your tires the first defense you have against everything on the road. They’re the most important things on your car because they’re literally the things that everything is riding on.
How much should your tires be inflated?
Check your owner’s manual or do a google search to figure that out. Most tires are around 32 to 35 psi. Gas stations that have pumps where you can fill your tires usually have tire pressure gauges attached, so you don’t even need to own one!
Check tire pressures often (more often than when you get your oil changed) to get fuel efficiency and to keep those treads from wearing unevenly!