The importance of pressure: Saving you money while keeping you safe
Photo Caption: Maintaining proper tire pressure will keep you safe, save you money and allow your vehicle to perform at its best.
(NC)—Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the easiest ways to lengthen the life of your tires and save you money. Learning the basics of tire inflation will go a long way in benefiting you, your vehicle and your wallet.
“Properly inflated tires provide even ground contact which prevents your tires from wearing disproportionately and reduces rolling resistance meaning lower fuel consumption,” explains tire expert Bill Hume, vice-president of Hankook Tire Canada. “The improved fuel economy could save you up to two weeks' worth of pump costs per year.”
So how do you know if your tires are at the right level?
• Check your inflation levels monthly by inserting a tire pressure gauge into the valve stem when the tire is cold. The number should match the suggested inflation listed on the drivers' side door placard or the vehicle owner's manual.
• Over-inflated tires are more susceptible to damage and can lead to a harsher, bumpier ride, while under-inflation can increase wear and create drag. A quick visual check may seem tempting; however, tires can be under-inflated by 20 per cent and still look perfect.
• Keeping tire pressure basics in mind is the first step towards maintaining vehicle performance and enjoying a safe ride.
For more information, visit www.hankooktire.ca or speak to your local tire retailer.
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