Tire inflation tips for safety and tire longevity

Tire inflation tips for safety and tire longevity

Sometimes, car users are unsure of what tire pressure to use in their tires especially when they have replaced the stock tire with a different tire.

Tires need inflation pressure that is adequate for the type of tire in use. Often times, it is best to follow the car manufacturer tire pressure specification which is mostly found on a sticker in the car or in the owner's manual.

Below are tips on tire inflation that ensures safety:

*Do not over inflate your tires, it causes tire deformation which may lead to tire burst, poor handling, bumpy ride, decreased braking performance, ABS malfunction..

* Do not under inflate your tires, it causes overheating due to sidewall over flexing, high rolling resistance leading to increased fuel consumption, and could lead to tire burst Also.

*Cold inflation pressure is always lower when tire is cold than when  heated up. Always check your inflation pressure when tire is cold. Pressure can rise by up to 4 psi when tire is hot. There is about 1 psi increase in pressure for a 10 degree rise in temperature

*Tires require less refill when nitrogen gas is used in place of air. Tires have microscopic pores through which air can escape over time. With nitrogen which have bigger molecules than oxygen, tire pressures remain stable over time

*Always use manufacturers' recommended inflation pressure which goes with using same or similar specifications tire with manufacturer's recommendation. About 3 psi above manufacturer's recommendation is okay for bad roads

*Never exceed maximum tire inflation pressure marked on the tire's side

*It is advisable to use a tire with same or similar specifications with the stock tire but if there is any reason why another specification should be used, one should be mindful of the inflation pressure for the new tire. For instance, LT (light truck) rated tired have higher inflation pressures compared to P (passenger) rated tires of similar size.