Poorly-Inflated Tires Are More Dangerous Than You Might Think
Odds are when your tire pressure light comes on your dashboard, it is not something you give much attention. After all, your car might still feel like it controls completely the same when your tire pressure is off. Or, you might not even know why the light came on. This happens quite often after a particularly cold night that causes the tire pressure to drop.
However, please pay attention to the tire pressure indicator. A poorly-inflated tire can be just as dangerous as a defective tire, and it increases your chance of getting into a car accident.
Tire pressure problems and the hazards they cause include:
- PSI is too high: The PSI – or pressure per square inch – of your car’s tires is crucial. If you overinflate your tires, or a dramatic amount of heat causes the air inside the tires to expand, then you will be driving on tires ready to burst. The smallest defect in the rubber or debris in the road could cause your tire to pop, taking control your vehicle out of your hands and causing a crash.
- PSI is too low: When the weather is cold or your do not put enough air in your tires, they will be partially deflated and weak. It can be difficult for a low-inflated tire to turn and handle, possibly increasing the chances of a rollover accident. Striking debris with a deflating tire can also cause it to tear or catch the debris, lodging it under the car and causing more damage.
How Do I Know If My Tire Pressure is Right?
You should be able to find out the correct tire pressure for your vehicle by checking the inside panel of the driver’s side door, down by your feet. Most modern cars have a decal there that describes the suggested pressure levels for all tires. There might also be information in your car’s user manual, or any product guides you got with your latest tire purchase. When in doubt, consult a mechanic.
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