AIR ON THE SIDE OF SAFETY
Under-inflated tires cause a big hit on vehicle performance, safety and fuel economy; over-inflation is no better
By Bruce W. Smith (Special to ProPickup)
Today’s vehicle owners are concerned more than ever about improving fuel economy and vehicle safety. Surprisingly, an alarming number of us are driving around in vehicles and towing trailers that have one or more tires dangerously under-inflated.
Under-inflated tires causes the edges to wear faster than the center of the tread face and the constant flexing from being under-inflated overheats them, further shortening tire life.
So, driving around with tires under-inflated by 8psi is cutting your vehicle’s gas mileage by more than three percent. Over the ownership of the vehicle, that adds up to a lot of money ate up at the gas pump.
Keep all trailer tires inflated to the pressure indicated on the sidewall. Nothing accelerates tire problems faster on a trailer than under-inflated tires. – Bruce W. Smith