It is normal for tires to lose air pressure over time. Air leaks out at
the valve and wheel-tire interface. Cold weather causes tire pressure
to drop. Even regular tire wear can cause tire pressure to drop. When
your tire is underinflated, your tire may wear faster or unevenly. An
underinflated tire is more likely to suffer tread separation or tire blowout
than a properly inflated tire. This is why it is important to periodically
check the pressure of your tires.
Experts say that as many as half of the vehicles on the road have one
or more underinflated tires. These tire-inflation maintenance tips can
help keep you and your passengers safe.
Tire-inflation maintenance tips:
1. Keep a tire-pressure gauge in your glove compartment. You can buy a
tire gauge for about $5 at an auto-parts or department store.
2. Once a month, use the tire gauge to check the pressure in all four
of your tires and in the spare.
3. For an accurate reading, measure tire pressure while your vehicle is
cold. As your vehicle is driven, the tires heat up and the air inside
expands and raises tire pressure.
4. Don't use appearance to judge your tire pressure. Radial tires
have a slight bulge which can make them look underinflated, even when
5. If your tire pressure is low, inflate your tires to the manufacturer's
recommended tire pressure. This will be in your owner's manual and
printed on a sticker on the car. Depending on the model of your car, the
sticker can be on a doorjamb, the gas tank door, or on the inside of the
For more information about tire safety, read our article, "Tire Failure: Are You At Risk For A West Palm Beach Traffic Accident?"
One more reason to check your tire pressure - properly inflated tires
will also save you money on gasoline. If your car gets 30 miles per gallon
and has a 35 PSI tire pressure recommendation, a drop of 25 percent in
tire pressure equals a loss of 8.8 percent in fuel economy. This means,
you get only 27.4 miles per gallon. It doesn't seem like a big difference,
but with high oil prices, the money adds up.
If you have been injured in a
Palm Beach County tire blowout car accident, a West Palm Beach motor vehicle accident lawyer may be able to help.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb at (561) 600-5605 to learn
more or to schedule a free consultation.
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What the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know.