It is generally recommended to check your tire pressure at least once a month and before long trips. The proper tire pressure for your vehicle can usually be found in the owner’s manual or on a placard located on the driver’s side doorjamb or glove box, or on the fuel door. It is important to maintain the proper tire pressure for a number of reasons:
- Safety: Underinflated tires can cause handling issues, which can be dangerous. Overinflated tires can be more prone to blowouts.
- Fuel efficiency: Properly inflated tires can improve fuel efficiency by reducing the rolling resistance of the vehicle.
- Tire wear: Underinflated tires can cause uneven wear and potentially shorten the life of the tire. Overinflated tires can also cause uneven wear.
It is important to note that tire pressure can be affected by changes in temperature. As the temperature decreases, tire pressure can decrease as well. Conversely, as the temperature increases, tire pressure can increase. It is a good idea to check your tire pressure more frequently during extreme temperature changes.
It is also important to check the spare tire and ensure it is properly inflated. You never know when you might need to use it.