5 Tips to Avoid Flat Tires

Most people know they should check their tire pressure regularly. But how many people actually do it? In the spirit of keeping an eye on your air, we’ve put together this list of 5 quick tips to help you pay a little TLC to your PSI.

stay safe with these tire pressure and inflation tips

Don’t forget to keep an eye on your tires throughout the rest of the year too! A change of just 10 degrees can adjust the pressure in your tires by 1 psi.

Drive safe!


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4 thoughts

  1. Tire construction is changing. For older cars, the placard may be outdated. Know the “max pressure” specified for “max load” from the tire sidewall. Has it changed from the original set of tires on your car? For example, a change from a tire rated at 35 psi to one rated at 51 psi would almost certainly change the optimal inflation pressure.
    Lower-profile tires this time around? A certain change in optimal pressure.

    1. Todd,
      I have seen the “Max. Pressure: 51 PSI” on some of my tires but that doesn’t mean the tire is safe to drive at that pressure. It only means the tire can be safely inflated to that pressure.

      At one time I inflated my tires to about 38 PSI. I noticed the rear tires were wearing faster in the middle treads so I backed off the pressure. Counterintuitive (at least to me), now I always run +2PSI more in the rear tires for improved handling.

  2. Awesome infographic! #4 is super important, you shouldn’t ever trust those century-old pressure gauges gas stations have outside by their air pumps.

    They’re old, rusted and never calibrated.

  3. Underinflated tires do not only waste gas but also reduce the life of the tires because of too much flexing in the wall.

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