How to Save Money by Taking Care of Your Car’s Tires - dummies

How to Save Money by Taking Care of Your Car’s Tires

Taking care of your car’s tires can pay off handsomely by increasing your tires’ longevity, handling, and performance, as well as providing you with a more comfortable ride and better gas mileage.

The single most important factor in caring for your tires is maintaining the correct inflation pressure. You should check your tires once a month and before every long trip to see that they’re properly inflated.

Underinflated tires wear out faster, create excessive heat, increase fuel consumption, and make the vehicle harder to handle. Overinflated tires can blow out more easily, wear out faster, and make the vehicle unstable and unsafe to handle.

If your tire pressure is low, note the amount that your tires are underinflated, drive to a local gas station that offers an air hose, and use that hose to fill your tires. Add air in short bursts, checking the pressure each time with your tire gauge, to avoid overinflating your tires.

If you add too much air, let some out by pressing the pin on the tire valve with the back of the air hose nozzle or with the little knob on the back of the rounded end of the tire gauge.