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When it comes to summer travel plans, “Many drivers will be wasting fuel—and money—if their tires are under-inflated,” according to David Rohweder, Ford’s tire and wheel expert. “Properly inflated tires play an essential role in enabling vehicles to achieve their best fuel economy.”
In fact, Ford says that keeping tires correctly inflated can reduce fuel costs by 3 to 4 percent, which adds up quickly with today’s high fuel prices. And properly inflated tires are vital to vehicle safety, too, which is another reason to follow the automaker’s recently released tips on the topic.
It all starts with one notable reminder: Even though today’s vehicles are equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS), Rohweder points out that watching for a warning light can’t replace proper tire maintenance. So Ford recommends checking all of a vehicle’s tires—including the spare—at least once a month, using a digital tire-inflation gauge that is accurate to .5 pounds per square inch (PSI). In addition:
- Tire pressure should be checked before you start driving. Even if a vehicle has been driven as little as a mile, that can heat up the tires and affect pressure readings.
- Never bleed air pressure from hot tires; always follow the recommendations in your owner’s guide for proper bleeding procedures.
- Do not rely on the pressure listed on a tire’s sidewall for a guideline during inflation. Those numbers are for the maximum inflation level, not the recommended level; the proper air pressure guidelines for all tires are listed on a sticker on the vehicle that is usually found on the the driver’s-side door jamb.
- Keep in mind that air temperature can have a significant impact on tire pressure. On average, every 10 degrees change in temperature—both higher and lower—results in a 1 psi change in tire pressure.
And remember, for more information on taking care of your tires, be sure to check your vehicle’s owner’s guide.
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