Just as heat takes its toll on people and electric bills, it also impacts car reliability and safety. By some accounts, tire blowouts are on the rise, creating dangers for travelers. But you can reduce this risk, if you follow some simple maintenance tips.
For example, just having your tires properly inflated will go a long way to avoiding such failures. Tire pressure is the life-blood of any tire; An under-inflated tire generates more heat due to excessive sidewall flexing, adversely effecting handling and fuel economy. Also, the tires will wear out faster.
To get the optimal performance out of your tires, we suggest you follow these simple steps:
- Inflate the tires to the recommended setting outlined on the tire information placard found most often on the driver’s door jamb and/or the vehicle owner’s manual
- Check the inflation pressure in each tire (and the spare) when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours.
- Check the tires monthly. Tires will typically lose up to 1 psi per month, and pressure drops about 1 psi for every 10-degree drop in air temperature.