What's the secret? Checking your tire pressure.
When tires are underinflated, heat builds up inside. This can cause a dangerous Florida tire blowout accident. But preventing car crashes isn't the only reason to check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires wear faster than properly inflated tires. If your tire is underinflated, you could go through a set of tires in as little as a year. Not only will you go through tires, you'll also go through gas. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that more than 2 billion gallons of gas are wasted each year because of underinflated tires. For every 3 psi below the recommended tire inflation level, a car burns 1 percent more fuel and adds 10 percent more wear to the tires.
Underinflated tires can look just fine, so it is important to check tire pressure rather than just glancing to be sure the tires look ok. Not sure how to check your tire pressure? Follow these easy steps from Jupiter car accident lawyer David Glatthorn.
How to check your tire pressure
- Buy a digital tire gauge. It will cost about $10. Keep it in the glove compartment.
- Determine the proper tire pressure for your car. This is in the owner's manual and on the yellow sticker on the doorjamb on the driver side. There may be different pressures for front and rear tires.
- Don't check the pressure immediately after driving. Tires heat up while driving and you want to check tire pressure when the tires are cold. Give your tires at least half an hour to cool down.
- Unscrew the valve cap on your tire and place it in your pocket, so you won't lose it.
- Press the tire gauge onto the valve stem. You may hear a slight hiss. A few seconds is all it takes to get an accurate reading.
- Read the tire pressure and compare it to the recommended pressure for your car. If it is low, you will need to put air in your tires.
- Replace the valve cap.
Now you can compare the tire pressure readings you got with the specified amount called for by the manufacturer (on the doorjamb or in the manual). If the level of pressure in your tires is below the specified amount, you need to fill the tires with air. If you don't have an air compressor, you can do this at a gas station.
Checking your tires can prevent Jupiter car crashes. It is an important part of your car maintenance routine.
If you have been injured in a Florida tire-blowout accident, you should discuss your claim with a Jupiter car accident attorney. To learn more, contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.