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"The Impact of Incorrect Tire Pressure on Vehicle Performance and Safety"

The 3 simple reasons for this are as follows, 1. Safety: Proper tire pressure ensures more of the tire's surface area touches the ground, improving traction and reducing the risk of accidents 2. Comfort: Correct pressure provides a smoother ride, while overinflated tires can feel harder and bouncier.

3. Longevity: Maintaining the right pressure helps prevent uneven and premature tire wear, extending their lifespan.

Now with that said a lot more goes into it but those are the basics. Did you know, drag cars use a specific range of tire pressure to optimize their performance on the track. The tire pressure for drag cars, especially for the rear slicks, typically ranges from 4 to 12 PSI. Here is why This low pressure allows the sidewalls to wrinkle and the tire to shrink in radius, which increases the contact patch with the track for better traction during the launch. crazy low pressure. With that said want to take a guess on how much pressure is in Monster truck tires? Approximately 2,100 PSI. AKA (ALOT) Here is why, the outside surface is ribbed, or finned, to save weight and help dissipate heat. They are filled with nitrogen at 400 pounds per square in. (PSI) static. Keep in mind this will very on the truck, tire size and terrain etc. Unlike the drag car that weighs usually 2500 to 3000 pounds to keep them light for speed Moster trucks need all that pressure to hold their weight which usually ranges between 10,000 to 12,500 POUNDS. Them some heavy boys! All while the average car, SUV, truck uses around 30 to 35 PSI,

What happens in the changing of seasons? In the winter, as the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. You might need to inflate your tires a bit more than usual to keep them at the correct pressure.

When summer comes along, the opposite happens. As the temperature rises, so does your tire pressure. You might need to let a bit of air out of your tires to prevent overinflation. Should you check your tires frequently in the winter?

Yes, you do lose tire pressure in the winter faster the reason for this is that cold temperatures cause the air inside the tires to become denser as the molecules slow down and stick together, which results in a decrease in volume and, consequently, tire pressure. It’s estimated that tires lose about 1 psi (pound per square inch) for every 10°F drop in temperature. How often should you check your tire pressure? Monthly checks are recommended. Additionally, check your tire pressure before long trips and when carrying heavy loads.

  1. Timing: Measure tire pressure at least three hours after driving, allowing the tires to cool down.

  2. Recommended Pressure: The correct tire pressure for your vehicle is usually listed on a sticker in the driver’s door jamb. If not found there, check the gas filler door, glove box, or the owner’s manual. Avoid exceeding the maximum pressure indicated on the tire sidewall.

  3. Consequences of Incorrect Pressure:

  • Underinflated Tires: These cause uneven wear on the inner and outer shoulders, reduce tire grip, and pose safety risks.

  • Overinflated Tires: They wear out more quickly in the center, impacting performance and contact with the road.

Remember, properly inflated tires lead to better gas mileage, increased safety, and longer tread life. So, make tire pressure checks a regular part of your vehicle maintenance routine!

In a nutshell keeping your tires inflated and at the correct pressure keeps you safe, helps the vehicle perform its best, makes tires last longer and of course saves you MPG which is money at the pump case that was not a good enough reason it saves you from buying expensive tires earlier than you need to. Yup it just makes sense.


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