Checking Your Tire Pressure

If you drive a car, at some point, someone has told you to check your tire pressure. Maybe it was your dad, or your Classic Chevrolet mechanic, or your car itself, but it seems like someone is always singing the praises of the tire pressure check. There’s good reason for people to encourage you to keep an eye on your tires–they are instrumental to your safety and fuel efficiency.

Under-inflated tires can change the way your car handles. Particularly with an under inflated front tire, your car may pull to one side or the other, forcing you to overcompensate in your steering and increasing the chance f an accident. Under inflated tires are also more likely to have a blowout. A blowout at low speeds is a costly annoyance. At high speeds, a blown tire could cause you to lose control of your vehicle, endangering yourself and everyone else on the road at the time.

In addition to putting you in danger, an under inflated tire can cost you money. According to fueleconomy.gov , your fuel economy suffers to the tune of .3 percent for every PSI that a tire is under-inflated.This means that if each tire is down three PSI, you could be wasting over three percent of your gas.

Checking your tire pressure is not really that difficult. If you have a newer car, it may actually monitor your tire pressure and display it on your dashboard! Failing that, you can buy a tire gauge at any store that sells auto parts and accessories. The easiest to use is the digital one, but even the manual one is not too complicated. You just basically unscrew the cap from the valve stem on your tire (don’t lose it!) and put the circular end of the gauge on it. You will hear what sounds like a lot of air escaping but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Just push the gauge onto the valve stem as tightly as you can and you should hear the “hissing” stop and you should be able to read your tire pressure on the gauge.

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Of course, if you don’t want to check the pressure on your tires yourself, you can get them checked when you come in for an oil change. And of course, if you bought your car from Classic Chevy, we’ll always be happy to check your tires for you.

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