You’ve probably heard before that tires should be kept at an appropriate level of pressure. And you’ve surely seen the occasional driver who seemed oblivious to the fact that his tire was almost flat. But why is this so important and how does tire pressure affect your car?
Tire pressure significantly affects handling. The lower it is, the more grip you’ll enjoy, but at the cost of responsiveness, making the car feel sluggish. The higher it is, the more responsive the car will feel, but it’ll have less traction in corners and during acceleration. Additionally, if the tires don’t all have the same pressure, particularly from side the side, the car may feel out of balance.
Properly inflated tires give better fuel economy. Tire pressure tends to slowly decrease over time, worsening efficiency as it does. Keeping your tires properly inflated every month will maximize your car’s mileage.
Wear and Tear
Underinflated tires are prone to increased wear while overinflated tires are at higher risk of blowout when running over hard objects, especially at high speed.
To find the most optimal pressure for your tires, check inside your car’s owner’s manual. Alternatively, the recommended PSI can often be found on the tire’s sidewall. If you have more questions, feel free to ask us at Valencia Nissan – or bring your ride into our service department!