Every driver should know how to check the air pressure in his or her vehicle's tires, fill the tires with air and, in some cases, let some air out of the tires. These simple tasks are important throughout the year, but become even more critical during the summer months, especially if you're planning to take a long trip in your vehicle. The hotter temperature during summer driving can quickly heat up your vehicle's tires, which means that ensuring you are operating them at their optimal pressure is vitally important. If you're taking a trip this summer, here's how to approach the inflation of your tires to keep them working safely and lasting as long as possible.
Inflate The Tires Correctly Before You Leave
You will likely be visiting a local gas station to fill up before you embark on your trip, so it's worthwhile to spend a few minutes checking your tires and ensuring that they are properly inflated. The simplest way to confirm the ideal inflation is to look at the sticker — typically some combination of white, black and yellow — on the doorpost of your driver's side door. You can then use the gas station's air pump to add air to any of the tires until they meet the recommended pressure.
Check The Tires Along The Route
When you are driving, especially during the summer, the air pressure in your tires will increase due to the heat. As such, it is a good idea to check the air pressure when you stop, either when you pull over to fill up with gas again or simply when you stop for food or to take a rest. Use a pressure gauge and test each tire individually. It is acceptable if the pressure is a couple pounds per square inch below or above the recommendation, but you want to keep the pressure as close to the number as possible. This will not only improve your ability to control the vehicle in a safe way, but also prevent the tires from wearing out prematurely. If the pressure in any of the tires exceeds the inflation guideline, use the point on the back side of the gauge to press the center of the valve stem and release a little air. Do so carefully so you don't end up removing too much air.
For more information, contact tire service companies like Riverside Tire Inc.