How to Drive With Low Tire Pressure

by Cameron

Low tire pressure not only lowers gas mileage, it can be dangerous on the road. Tires inflated below the manufacturer recommended air pressure overheat and can break down chemically at high speeds, which can cause a blowout and an accident. Driving with low tire pressure is strongly discouraged. If you must drive on tires with low air pressure, use caution and replace or repair the tire or tires as soon as possible.

Drive short distances on low pressure tires. According to The American Chronicle, long intervals of high-speed driving with low tire pressure can lead to tire failure.

Remove heavy cargo from the vehicle. Do not drive with excessive weight on a low tire. Excessive weight can add pressure to an already low tire, causing it to add stress on the tire's sidewalls.

Drive below the specified speed limit. Don't exceed the speed limit on a tire with low air pressure because it adds unnecessary pressure on the tire and makes your car unstable.

Put on your emergency flashers. With caution, try to maneuver the vehicle to a rest stop or a gas station that has an air pump that can replenish the tire's air.

Tips

  • check As soon as you notice the tire pressure is low, use a gauge to measure the tire's air pressure. Stop at a local rest stop or gas station and use their air tank to replenish low air pressure.
  • check Check tire air pressure every one to two months. Have tires rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to equalize tread and to maximize the life of the tires.

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