Proper tire pressure:

Learn how to maintain your recommended tire pressure.

Proper tire pressure: for performance and safety, keep the recommend tire pressure of your wheels in mind.

The Department of Energy estimates that if every car on the road maintained correct tire pressure, almost four million gallons of gasoline would be saved every single day. The benefits of proper tire pressure include better mileage, and ride and handling, as well as increased safety and tire life. An over-inflated tire will wear out the center of the tread, while under inflation leads to the edges of the tire wearing prematurely. Both situations can be dangerous.

Advance Auto Parts carries a complete line of tire pressure gauges, compressors, tire accessories and other quality auto parts to handle your tire maintenance needs – and keep you riding smooth and safe.

Why you should check for proper tire pressure regularly:

Today's tires are made of rubber and steel but it's the air that supports the entire weight of your vehicle. With a heavier vehicle such as a large SUV, proper tire pressure is absolutely crucial to safe operation.

Tire pressure varies depending on type of vehicle and tire manufacturer's recommendations, but checking for proper inflation is easy with quality tire pressure gauges from Advance Auto Parts – where you can take care of all your tire maintenance and vehicle maintenance needs.

What you will need to check for and maintain proper tire pressure:

Recommended tire pressure: here a do-it-yourself difficulty guide:


Estimated time required - 15 - 30 Minutes

Save money by attaining the recommended tire pressure on your own:

Consult your owner's manual and tire manufacturer's recommendations. Tire pressure will vary with tire temperature and vehicle load. Tires also lose air over time. Check your tire and spare tire pressure frequently for proper tire maintenance.

  1. Check manufacturer's recommended tire pressure. Look for a plaque or sticker on the driver's door pillar, glove box or sun visor.
  2. Using a tire pressure gauge, check tire pressure while tires are cold. Take note of pressure on each tire.
  3. Use the chalk to mark an even line across the entire tread surface on each wheel. Drive the car in a straight line for a quarter mile or so.
  4. Observe the opacity of the chalk line. The tire in this image shows over-inflation, as the chalk line is lighter in the center of the tread. Let some air out and retest with your tire pressure gauge.

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