Ensuring tire longevity with tire pressure charts
Car safety and tire care tips
The one thing that most people neglect about their car is the tires. It is well known that in order to save gas and keep a car performing well, the correct tire pressure must be maintained. With the right tire pressure, a car can get 3-4% better gas mileage and the ride quality will be better for the passengers.
Many car owners that are not into cars often do not know how to read a tire pressure chart and thus neglect that most important factor. The complexity of the pressure charts often scare away the everyday car owner. The charts really are nothing to be scared of and are easy to understand if you know some of the basics.
The first item that a person should be familiar with is a tire pressure gauge. The tire pressure gauge simply reads the pressure of the air inside the tire. The gauge itself has small lines imprinted on the dial that correspond to the number of pounds of air pressure per square inch of air. To check the tire pressure, remove the small plastic valve cover and insert the pressure gauge onto the valve stem. A short whoosh of air will often be heard and the gauge will display a reading.
There are two type of tire gauges available, the round type that is mentioned above and a stick gauge. The stick gauge works by the air pressure of the tire, forcing out a graduated stick from which the user takes the air pressure reading.
Reading tire pressure charts comes down to a person's ability to understand some basic types of information. People need to know something about tire pressure, how to use a pressure gauge, and how to read a pressure gauge.
The majority of today's automobiles require about thirty to thirty-five pounds of air per square inch. If tires ever read lower than this, it is time to fill them up. Not doing so can result in decreased efficiency and a possible safety hazard due to the changes in handling characteristics of the car. Having too much air pressure in a car's tires can be equally as hazardous. Tires that are over-inflated can actually explode while driving.
The risks presented by such a situation are serious and that is why tires should always be kept at the recommended inflation pressures. If there is ever a question of what the correct tire pressure should be for a vehicle, it is advised to reference the car's operator manual or a tire pressure chart that is provided by the manufacturer.