Over- and under-inflation are both bad for your tires. Tracy’s Automotive can help you with proper tire care to make your tires last longer.
You were going to drive over to Buhler today for the Sunflower Festival but the opening day has been delayed until Wednesday. But that’s okay, you’ve checked your tires and put air in them to prepare for the trip and you figure the pressure will still be okay later this week.
You’re right. Unless something is wrong, or something happens to your tires, the pressure likely will still be about the same later this week. The question is – is the pressure correct? You don’t want it too low or two high. Like Goldilocks, you want the pressure just right.
Many drivers have heard the warnings about driving on tires with pressure that’s too low. But some drivers, have heard the opposite about over-inflated tires. Rather than wearing tires out, the old wives’ tale would have you believe that over-inflating a tire saves gas and gives you better gas mileage.
But that’s simply not true.
“The Internet is brimming with testimonials from people who claim they upped their mileage by inflating their tires to the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. What they don’t tell you about are the rougher ride, premature tire wear, longer stopping distances and increased repair costs due to worn-out suspension components,” familyhandyman.com says.
Familyhandyman.com adds, “Over-inflation increases stopping distances, causes the tires to slip and hydroplane on wet roads, and reduces the life of the tire. The harder tires also absorb less impact vibration so they transmit more road shock to your entire suspension system, causing a rougher ride. Worse yet, the additional tire bounce wears out your car’s struts, strut mounts, shocks, springs, ball joints and control arms much faster.”
The best thing you can do for your tires – inflation-wise – is to make sure they’re at the correct inflation for the brand, size and style of tire. If you’re not sure what that is, ask one of the trusted Wichita auto care technicians at Tracy’s Automotive for help. If you want to be especially kind to your tires, you’ll ensure that they’re regularly aligned and rotated to help prolong their lives. The tire care experts at Tracy’s Automotive can also help you with that.
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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