A simple tire maintenance is often one of the most overlooked responsibilities of car owners. Inflating and maintaining proper tire pressure ensures safer, more comfortable driving and better fuel efficiency in vehicles of all sizes. While the task itself is not complicated, many drivers forget about their tires until a problem rears its ugly head and emergency roadside service is needed.
Under-inflating rapidly wears out the sides of the tire and is a driving hazard. Over-inflated tires wear faster in the center and are more prone to blowouts. When tires can’t grip the road properly, a driver can lose control of a vehicle. When roads are wet – as they frequently are in South Florida – tire tread depth is very important. The more tread between a vehicle’s tires and the road, the safer the journey.
The ASE-certified tire experts at Autologic in Fort Lauderdale understand the need for safety on the road at all times and are always prepared to assist vehicle owners in all aspects of tire maintenance, repair or replacement. As the premier full-service, one-stop facility in South Florida, we can help with tire service on any vehicle or truck.
A simple tire air pressure gauge – available for a few dollars at most auto parts stores – is an adequate tool for checking tire pressure. A digital air pressure gauge is definitely more hi-tech, easy to read and accurate. Try to avoid buying a very cheap model that may not give a proper pressure reading. Here are a few tips on properly checking the tire pressure on any vehicle:
PSI (pounds per square inch) is measured by the notches on a tire air pressure gauge or by the readout on a digital gauge. Most vehicles list the proper PSI in the owner’s manual or on a sticker on the driver’s side door. Pressures vary according to each vehicle, but a common recommendation is not inflating the tires five PSI above or below the ideal pressure.
- When checking tire pressure, always do it when the tires are cold – about three hours after parking the car.
- Place the air pressure gauge firmly and evenly onto the tire’s valve stem – this allows air to escape, but steady pressure will stop the air flow and give a gauge reading.
- Tire pressure should be checked bi-weekly, particularly during severe weather or temperature swings.
For any automotive tire or vehicle maintenance or repair needs, please contact Autologic in Fort Lauderdale. We are dedicated to superior customer satisfaction and have proudly serviced the South Florida community for more than 20 years.
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