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Tire Pressure Safety

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Improper tire pressure could lead to serious safety risks. According to Tire Safety, while 75 percent of drivers clean their car on a monthly basis, only about 14 percent properly check for safe tire pressure. Improper tire pressure can decrease handling and increase the risk of an accident.

Time Frame – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends checking tire pressure monthly. Air slowly leaks from your tires on a continual basis, getting worse when you hit potholes or drive on rough roads. Oftentimes, visual inspection isn’t enough to properly diagnose tire pressure.

Identification – You can typically find the ideal tire pressure directly on the tire wall. Purchase an inexpensive tire pressure gauge from your local auto parts store to make sure the pressure is close to the specifications listed on the tire. Also, any documentation that came with the tires will likely specify proper pressure levels.