Reasons Why Car’s Tire Pressure is Important Too!
A lot of people don’t understand the importance of tire pressure and hence fail to keep the car/bike tires properly inflated. Every vehicle requires proper maintenance for the smooth functioning and major parts like engine, brakes, etc. are usually given more importance to get the desired performance from the car. But what people don’t know about is that a vehicle’s performance is quite dependent on the tires’ condition and hence it is important to take care of them.
Tires without correct air pressure have increased rolling resistance( kinetic friction). Under inflated tires are flatter to the ground and don’t hold their proper shape. Since more of the tire is in contact with the road, the tire’s tread is affected, and this affects both the tire’s lifespan, safety, and the fuel economy of the car due to added engine load.
On the other hand, over inflated tires are less in contact with the ground and hence suffer from uneven tread wear. In this, the central area of the tire loses tread while the edges have the sides still have treads. Due to increased rigidity of the over inflated tire, it is more easily damaged by potholes, etc.
Here is a list of reasons that should compel you to think about the last time you paid attention to your vehicle’s tires:
Inflated Tires Save Money
An average person who uses a vehicle with under inflated tires to commute every day for around 10,000 km in a year may end up spending a lot of money on the extra liters of oil. And if the difference in money spent is only because the tires were under inflated, then it is something that should be addressed. It may not seem noticeable in any single instance, but over the year it translates into a figure that can be used elsewhere. Whether you drive the vehicle daily or once in a blue moon, under inflated tires put in more pressure on the engine and this not only leads to decreased fuel savings but has an impact on car performance and engine leading to an additional requirement for servicing which again is an added burden that can be avoided.
Helps Drive Safe
When driving with over inflated or under inflated tires at high speed, tires undergo a tremendous amount of pressure. This pressure is detrimental from the safety point of view. Improperly inflated tires when combined with high speed, results in an increase in the braking time of the vehicle when the brakes are applied. Sometimes it can also cause tires to skid, especially in adverse weather conditions where it is important to maintain proper pressure to ensure that there is no skidding of the vehicle. Under or over inflated tires makes driving on roads dangerous for the person driving as well as any other person or object around. In areas, with a lot of snow or rainy conditions, this is especially a problem to have.
Over inflated tires suffer from reduced handling performance and can also end up blowing up which would be an unwanted situation.
Increase in the Life Span of the Tire
If continuously driven with improper inflation such as under or over inflation, and then later on getting them adjusted may result in tire becoming weaker earlier in its life cycle. This happens since the tire gets additional stress and burden and hence become more vulnerable. Keeping the tire at proper air pressure can help extend the tire’s lifespan by about 1-3 year depending upon how much a tire traverses within a year.
Better Mileage for the Vehicle
According to some researches, it has been stated that filling the tires to the correct air pressure can lead to an improvement of around 3.3 percent in the car’s mileage. If the tire pressure is under or over inflated, it adds onto the weight leading to stress on the tires and the car’s engine. Since the additional weight will have to be offset, the engine will need to generate more power to keep the balance and keep the vehicle moving, thus, leading to additional consumption of fuel during the commute. This leads to a decrease in the car’s mileage.
For every liter of oil used, a lot of Carbon Dioxide is used along with some other green house gasses. These gasses get mixed in the environment and are eventually responsible for quite a few problems. Vehicles with under-inflated tires can lead to the addition of more than 1.5 additional tons of toxic gasses into the environment every year. This is a figure when multiplied by millions of car owners around the world that don’t care about their vehicle’s air pressure will eventually make a lot of difference to the planet’s atmosphere. Hence, by keeping the tires inflated, the environment can be helped too.
Some Tips To Ensure Proper Air Pressure
The tire pressure of a car’s tires depends upon its make and model and can be found in its user manual that comes with the car. Here are some basic tips that’ll help get the best out of the car.
- Get the vehicle’s tires verified by using an air pressure gauge every few days.
- Remember to get the correct pressure filled to avoid over and under inflation.
- Temperature can have an impact on tire pressure. Cold weather can cause pressure to drop, while the hot weather may cause it to increase.
With a detailed explanation of how the tire pressure can affect a lot of aspects, it should be clear to understand why the car’s optimal performance is intimately linked with the tires and how they are treated!