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Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly For Safe Driving

Updated on February 12, 2012

Low Tire Pressure Can Be Dangerous

One of the most important parts of your car is ironically also one of the most neglected. If this part fails, you could get stranded or even worse, get into an accident. What I am talking about is your tires. We often don't think about tire maintenance and always hate the hassle of maintaining them.

We as people are kind of funny. We look at our tires and think to ourselves, "Hmm...one of the tires looks a little low but I guess it will be OK for awhile." So we get into our car and drive around town and we soon forget all about the tire that we saw earlier. Then one day, the unthinkable happens: we are out miles from our home and we get into the car and hear the dreaded sound of a flat tire. Thump Thump! If only we had taken care of that tire when we first saw it. Now we get out of our car and we can see that we have ruined our tire. This was an unnecessary mistake that could cost us a lot of money.

It is best to take care of the problem as soon as we see it. If we have low tires we need to fill them up right away avoiding doing damage to our tire, car, or even ourselves.

How Do I Know How Much Air To Put In My Tires

You will be able to find the proper air pressure on a small plaque on the inside of the driver's door. Make sure you check the pressure when the tires are cold. Once you drive on your tires they will warm up and the pressure will increase and you will not be able to get an accurate reading of your tire pressure.

Below is a picture of the plaque and you will see that it shows you what the pressure should be depending on the tire size and speed rating. You must look for your tire type on the side wall of your tire. In my case I have the second model of tire in the list. My tire is RR P265/70R17 S so I need the pressure in my tires to be at (30PSI).

What I Recommend To Keep In All Of Your Cars For Tire Safety

This is what I keep in my car for tire safety: I have a little tire compressor like the one in the picture. This was a gift at Christmas that was given to me and I must say at first I thought it was just a toy. Then came a day when I was desperate to put air into one of my tires so I gave it a try. It worked great and had no problem putting air into the tires. The only drawback to it was that it's not the fastest thing but that's not too bad. In addition, my particular air compressor came with some extra things like a needle for putting air in footballs and something for putting air in a raft or beach ball. It does come in handy from time to time.

I also highly recommend that you get a tire pressure gauge. Even though this air compressor unit has one that's built in, you should have an extra gauge that you can keep handy for quickly checking your tire pressures. Once again, it goes back to putting things off. As a rule of thumb, if you have an easier access to a pressure gauge, then you are much more likely to check your tire pressure more often.

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