Tire Inflation Safety Information

Tire Inflation Safety Information

Flats, blow outs, skids and longer stopping distances can all be the result of folks driving around on under-inflated tires. Now, it’s hard to tell when a radial tire is under-inflated but your service technician at Berning’s Auto Repair can help you. The tire may not look low until it gets below 20 pounds – which is significantly under-inflated.

Some vehicle owners mistake the tire pressure printed on the side of the tire as the recommended pressure for the vehicle. This is not the case. The information on the tire is the range the tire can handle. The correct pressure for your vehicle is on a plate or sticker on the driver’s side door or door jamb. This is the pressure your tires should have to match the engineered handling capacity of your vehicle. Please note that the pressure may be different for your front and rear tires.

TPMS – Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Your newer vehicle might be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). This technology has been used by race car drivers for years. They are able to head off problems from under inflation by closely monitoring tire pressure on the track. Obviously, TMPS systems have costs. U.S. government studies have estimated the net costs of the TPMS system itself, maintaining the system, replacement of worn or broken parts and tire repair cost increases. The costs are partially offset by savings in fuel and tire wear. There’s also a saving in reduced property damages and travel delays. The net cost is estimated to be between $27 and $100.

This new government mandated TPMS safety equipment will help motorists avoid the most common vehicle failure- tire-related accidents, and will help to reduce property damage, injuries and possibly a catastrophic accident. The government predicts fewer fatal accidents, and they estimate the savings at between three and nine million dollars for every life saved.

The automotive professionals at Berning’s Auto Repair in St. Michael recommend that you have your tire pressure checked at least once a month to maintain your safety and increase tire life.


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