The Importance of Tire Pressure

Tire Treads Closeup

Having the correct tire pressure in each one of your tires is vital to the optimal performance of your vehicle as well as your safety and that of every one of your passengers. Our service experts here at Nissan of Mobile want to ensure that our neighbors in Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland are as safe as possible while on the road. That’s why we’ve created the following information that focuses on the importance of tire pressure.

Below, we’ll be covering the reasons why you should always make sure you’re driving with the correct air pressure in your tires, how to tell if you have too little or too much air, and a quick run-through of how to check your tire pressure.

The Effects of Driving on Overinflated and Underinflated Tires

Tire Pressure Gauge

If your tires are overinflated, they’ll be quite firm and inflexible. Not only will this condition result in a harder riding experience, but it also means your tires are more susceptible to being damaged by sharp objects lying on the road as well as potholes and cracks in the pavement, which can lead to tire repair.

Underinflated tires are unable to hold their shape and are more flexible. As a result, there is more resistance present and your vehicle’s fuel economy will suffer.

Tire Pressure Warning Signs

There are ways to tell if your tire pressure is off when taking a look at each one. For instance, if there is excessive wear in the middle of the tire, it has too much air. If there is not enough air in a tire, there will be more wear on the outer edges. When your tires are properly inflated, the wear will be spread out evenly.

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Here’s a quick how-to for checking your tire pressure.

Step 1: What You’ll Need

Checking your tire pressure is a pretty quick process that doesn’t require a lot of supplies. All you’ll need is an air compressor that you can find at a nearby gas station, a tire pressure gauge, and a pen and paper.

Step 2: Look Up the Recommended Tire Pressure

Adding Air to Tires

The next step is to take a brief moment to get the recommended tire pressure from your owner’s manual. Go ahead and write the levels down. Keep in mind that the requirements for front and rear tires might be different.

Step 3: Check Tire Pressure

Starting with the first tire, remove the valve cap, press the gauge into the stem, and write down what it says.

Step 4: Refilling the Tire

In the event that one of your tires needs more air, here’s what you’ll need to do. Once you’ve got the compressor turned on, put the hose nozzle over the valve stem on the tire and press the lever. When you’re sure it’s filled enough, go ahead and check the pressure again to make sure.

Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly

Now that you know the reasons why you should always make sure your tires are at the correct air pressure and how to check them, you can be sure your tires are performing at their highest potential. If Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland are a part of your regular commutes and you have any questions about the information above, feel free to get ahold of our team here at Nissan of Mobile. We’ll be happy to answer them for you.

Additionally, if you’d like to have your tire pressure checked by one of our certified technicians or it’s about time to have your tires rotated, contact our service department to schedule your appointment today.