What’s the Recommended Tire Pressure for Your Vehicle?
May 12, 2014
Road accidents can happen anytime, but when you follow the recommended tire pressure and detail the tires of your vehicle, you are actually preventing your chances of being in one. Studies made by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that out of 5,470 crashes, almost 900 vehicles had tire-related issues prior to accidents.
Aside from promoting you and your family’s safety, keeping the recommended tire pressure and detailing your tires enable you to drive your vehicle better, prolong the life of your tire, increase fuel efficiency and save the environment as well. But how can you find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle? Below are some tips to help you out.
How to Find the Recommended Tire Pressure
There are several ways to learn about the recommended tire pressure of your vehicle. Here they are:
Read the car owner’s manual: Your car owner’s manual contains all the information you need pertaining to your tire’s size, width, aspect ratio and load index, all of which are necessary when it comes to the recommended tire pressure. Bear in mind that car manufacturers suggested such a pressure setting in order to increase your fuel economy, wear, grip, and comfort.
Check your tire placard: Your tire placard is the label that carries the following information: recommended tire size, recommended tire inflation pressure (typically in PSI cold), Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), the maximum occupant and cargo weight of a vehicle. Generally, you can find this at the driver’s door, glove compartment door or inside the lid of your trunk. Some vehicles place the tire placard in other places. For example: Volkswagen’s is in the gas door while Nissan Altima’s tire placard is located at the bottom of the center console armrest.
Ask your mechanic: Some people believe that the recommended tire pressure provided in the tire itself is more reliable than the one in the vehicle’s tire placard tire pressure. They say that it is based on a tire’s brand, size, tread design, width, sidewall thickness, flex, etc. Are you confused? Then, it would be best to consult your mechanic. He can best suggest the best recommended tire pressure for your vehicle.
Search the internet for a Recommended Tire Pressure tool: You can use this tool In the event that your tire placard has been damaged or if you have lost your owner’s manual. Just type “recommended tire pressure tool” in your browser. You will have a list of websites offering this tool for free. You simply key in the year, make, model and submodel of your car and the website will search it for you.
Factors that warrant a change in tire pressure
Changing the tire pressure of your vehicle becomes necessary under the following circumstances:
1.When you are traveling in rough roads, muddy or snowy surfaces, it is best to lower your tire pressure by a third of what is recommended. This will give you a smoother, less bumpy ride. Be aware though, that this can wear your tire out and use up your fuel faster.
2. When you have a big vehicle that is often loaded to its capacity. Yes, the bigger your vehicle and the more loads you have need a change in tire pressure. I suggest that you add 28kpa (4PSI or 4lbs) to your tire’s pressure if your vehicle is fully loaded with passengers and baggage.
3. When you go for speed. If you prefer driving at high speeds (120km/h or more), then it is recommended that you add 28Kpa (4PSI) from your Minimum Compliance Plate Pressure, no more than that to avoid over-inflating your tire.
Knowing the recommended tire pressure for your kind of vehicle will provide you and your loved ones with a safe and comfortable ride anytime and keep your tires functional for a longer period of time. And while you’re at it, why not use some tire dressing as well? This way, your tires will not only last longer but look better too.
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