Is the Right Tire Pressure Really That Important? | Wichita Tires

Is the Right Tire Pressure Really That Important? | Wichita Tires

Tire care and maintenance will help your tires last longer and increase the safety of you and your passengers. Tracy’s Automotive can help with that.

Sometimes when you see articles discussing the benefits of the correct tire pressure, you feel as if you’re re-reading an update of the Goldilocks fairy tale. But, instead of worrying about porridge being “just right,” the modern day Goldilocks is searching for tires that are not underinflated or overinflated, but that are properly inflated. They make you wonder if inflation is all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you only use your car around town. The farthest you drive is to the Sedgewick Zoo.

The short answer is yes. Yes, tire pressure is incredibly important.

“Keeping your car’s tires properly inflated to the automaker’s recommended pressures is a critical element of tire maintenance. Tires that contain the specified amount of air pressure last longer and contribute to vehicle safety,” says. explains the dangers of constantly riding on tires that are not sufficiently inflated: “Low tire pressures affect braking distances and provide less responsive steering and handling. This can be especially dangerous when an emergency stop or sudden evasive maneuver is needed to avoid a collision.

“In addition, low pressures allow tire sidewalls to flex excessively, which generates heat. While moderate heat simply accelerates tire tread wear; high heat can lead to loss of tread segments or even blowouts.

Underinflated tires also have higher rolling resistance, which reduces fuel economy. And, they wear more rapidly at the outer edges of the tread, which means replacement will be necessary sooner than with properly inflated tires.

Driving on overinflated tires is also bad although not as dangerous as driving on underinflated tires. But it will cost you in the long run.

“Modern tires can easily withstand pressures that exceed those recommended for normal driving,” says. “However, consistently overinflated tires provide a less compliant ride and suffer more rapid wear in the center of the tread, which again means replacement will be necessary sooner than with properly inflated tires.”

You should check your tire inflation at least once a month, although weekly is better. says you should also check it before you go on a road trip. You should check the pressure when tires have rested and are cool, not hot because hot tires show an increased pressure reading so it might not be accurate.

If you find your tires are consistently losing pressure, then it’s time to get them checked out by Wichita tire pro like the tire technicians at Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s tire  specialists can help you maintain your tires and help you choose new treads when the time comes.

Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

Tracy’s Automotive is a proud dealer for Jasper Engines and Vogue Performance Exhaust systems.

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