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Exploring the Vital Role Tire Pressure Plays in Vehicle Safety and Performance

Last updated 5 years ago

Maintaining proper tire pressure is an easy way to save money and to keep you and your passengers safe. Read on to learn more about the specific ways that tire pressure influences your car’s overall safety and performance.

Stopping Distance

When you slam on the brakes in a car with underinflated tires, the tires won’t be able to provide the level of friction and grip that they should in order to bring the car to an immediate stop. For this reason, underinflated tires will increase your car’s stopping distance, which poses an increased safety risk for you, your car, your passengers, and others on the road.

Cornering and Traction

Whether you’re on a dry road taking a turn or on a slippery road going straight, tire pressure determines your car’s level of traction and cornering ability. Without sufficient tire pressure, your car could swerve unintentionally during a storm or suffer potentially dangerous under- or oversteer during cornering.

Fuel Efficiency

Another reason why car manufacturers provide a recommended level of air pressure for a vehicle’s tires is that it helps the engine achieve the best possible fuel efficiency. When your tires are underinflated, the engine has to work harder to accelerate or keep the car going at its current speed.

Tread Life

Save money on tires each year by ensuring that your tires always have the right amount of air in them. Underinflated or overinflated tires will wear out faster than properly inflated tires. In addition, improperly inflated tires will wear out irregularly and pose an increased risk of tire blowouts and flat tires.

Head to Dekalb Tire and Automotive Repair to get your car’s tire pressure checked and adjusted to the manufacturer-recommended levels. Call us at (404) 252-9895 if you have any questions, and be sure to visit our website to find the Atlanta metro area location closest to you.


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