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Understanding the Science of Proper Tire Inflation

Last updated 5 years ago

Few things affect your car’s performance and safety more than your tires. Unfortunately, car owners tend to neglect their tires. In addition to putting you and your passengers in harm’s way, underinflated and overinflated tires can also reduce your vehicle’s fuel economy. In other words, there is a lot riding on your tires, so be sure that they are properly inflated. Here are a few reasons why you should closely monitor the inflation of your tires:

  • Improved Gas Mileage

One of the most compelling benefits of keeping your tires properly inflated is the boost in gas mileage you will enjoy. When your tires are underinflated, they experience more friction with the road. In addition to increasing the chance of a puncture, this extra friction also means that your engine has to work harder, which in turn decreases fuel efficiency. By keeping your tires properly inflated, you will go farther with each drop of gasoline you purchase, which is good for the environment and your wallet.

  • Less Wear on Tires

In addition to improved gas mileage, properly inflated tires also experience less wear than tires that are underinflated or overinflated. Since they experience more friction, for example, underinflated tires will wear out more quickly than tires that are properly inflated. Keeping your tires properly inflated will save you the cost of having to replace your tires more often. More importantly, it will also keep you and your passengers safe, as worn out tires can seriously affect your vehicle’s traction and handling.

If you suspect that your tires might be worn, or if they cannot maintain air pressure, have them inspected by a professional tire repair professional. For all of your automotive tire needs, call Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair at (404) 252-9895. Since 1965, Dekalb Tire has been one of the most trusted tire stores in the greater Atlanta area. Visit our website or call us today to learn how we can keep your vehicle rolling.


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