If you own a car, then the safest thing you can do is to learn a few basics such as checking your car fluid levels (oil and water), changing a tire, and jumpstarting a car. One that very often gets overlooked is checking your tire pressure and inflating/deflating accordingly. This article should guide you through the process, which isn’t as complicated as it sounds.

Equipment You Will Need

The equipment needed is not complex. You will need a pressure gauge to check your tire pressure, and if you find that you need to inflate your tires then you will need air chucks and an air pump. You can look for the best air chuck with gauge online, as they are usually sold together. Air compressors (for air pumps) can be found in your local gas station or you can invest in your own which could cost you a little over $100.

Why Do You Need To Manage Tire Pressure?

Maintaining your tire pressure at an appropriate level is important to ensure your safety, the durability of your tires, and fuel economy. Check your manufacturer’s guideline on the recommended tire pressure for your tires.

How To Check Tire Pressure

You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a month, preferably when the tires are relatively cold (early morning is the best option). You can get this service at most gas stations, but should learn how to do it yourself. All you need is to attach a pressure gauge to your tires’ air valve after removing the caps. The pressure gauge should give you a reading quickly, and it's preferable to repeat the reading thrice for accuracy. Adjust by inflating or deflating as necessary. To deflate a tire, just push down on the air valve.

How To Inflate A Tire

If your tires are underinflated, they will be thicker and heat up faster. Additionally, they are unsafe and wasteful (both fuel wise and by decreasing tire durability). To inflate a tire, use air chucks to aid in better air flow. They can be secured to your tire valve steam easily, then you can attach the air compressor hose to the air chucks and fill your tires. It may take some getting used to, but you will need to check the pressure using your pressure gauge, and keep adjusting until you get the perfect tire pressure that is within the recommendations set by the manufacturer.

Even the slightest underinflation can cost you money in terms of energy costs, and will put you in danger because controlling a vehicle with underinflated tires is difficult. As you can see, the process of maintaining your tire pressure is not complex and can easily be handled by anyone who is capable of driving a vehicle. So, lay your claim to safe driving and don’t forget to regularly check your tire pressure levels, as you would check your fluid levels from time to time. It’s a relatively simple job, with serious implications if forgotten.

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