Risks Associated with Driving a Vehicle with Low Tire Pressure
Drivers are reminded frequently by automotive experts of the importance of monitoring their tires’ pressure levels. Even so, many drivers are unaware of the reasons why driving with a set of properly-inflated tires is safer than traveling with underinflated tires. To educate drivers, we’ve put together a list of risks associated with driving a vehicle with low tire pressure.
One of the most commonly-cited dangers of driving with an underinflated tire is the increased risk of having a tire blow out on the road. This is due to the increased friction caused by the larger amount of surface area making contact with the road and the reduced structural integrity of the tire when underinflated.
However, drivers should know that there are other automotive problems associated with low tire pressure. The increase in friction also results in greater wear and degradation than usual, significantly reducing the lifespan of your tires’ treads. Driving with low tire pressure also results in reduced fuel efficiency.
How to Make Sure Your Tires are Properly Inflated
- Do not confuse the maximum allowable pressure level listed on the tire as a recommended pressure level
- To find the right tire pressure level for your make and model, consult the owner’s manual for your vehicle.
- Check tire pressure monthly or before taking a long trip