The scoop on tire pressure

December 20th, 2010 by

When it comes to driving, proper tire pressure is pretty important. It allows for safer and easier handling of your car, and helps boost your fuel efficiency.

So, what exactly do you need to do?

For starters, buy a simple tire air pressure gauge. Basic models cost only a few dollars, and you can easily tuck them away in the glove compartment of your car. These nifty little gadgets measure pounds per square inch (PSI) – and you can find the recommended PSI reading for your tires in your owner’s manual or on the inside of your driver’s side door.

Then, be sure to check your tire pressure about once a month. If you need to add a little air, the simplest thing to do is pull into a gas station and take advantage of its handy air pump (usually located on the outside perimeter of the parking lot.) Depending on the gas station, this will cost between 50 cents and a dollar for several minutes of air.

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