by Michelle Ferris on Nov 10, 2015
Tire blowouts are a major cause of car accidents every day. It's amazing that something as simple as an underinflated tire could destroy a life. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 660 fatalities and 33,000 injuries occur every year due to low tire pressure related crashes.
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How to Properly Check Tire Pressure
Tire pressure changes an average of 1 PSI (pounds per square inch) for every 10 degree Fahrenheit change in air temperature. This is why it's best to check tires while they're cold (haven't been driven on in at least 3 hours). Additionally, dry and wet handling performance also suffers with underinflated tires, often causing crashes with skidding, loss of control, hydroplaning, and crashes from tire blowouts or flat tires.
Maintaining good air pressure in your times is not only much safer, but saves money by improving your gas mileage and reducing wear and tear on the tires. Check at least once a month and before you go on long trips. If you have questions about your tires or maintenance, check your owner's manual or consult your dealer.
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