Hello and welcome to today's edition of: "How have I survived as an adult this long without knowing this tidbit of information?"

 

Today we're talking about... TIRE PRESSURE!

 

The other day, Mike and I were washing our cars at my parents' house and I asked my dad if we could use his air compressor (yeah he has all the cool tools!) to put air in our tires. He started checking inside my car to see what the correct tire pressure was supposed to be and I stopped him and said, "Oh, it's just right here on the tire!"

 

Wrong.

 

Turns out, that number on the tire (the one that says "Max Pressure = ## PSI") probably isn't the correct tire pressure for your car!!

 

 

Instead, the correct tire pressure is written on a little sticker on the inside of your driver's side door (where my fancy arrow is pointing) and most likely in your car's manual, too. You might even have a different recommended pressure for your front vs. back tires!

 

tire-pressure-guide

 

Here's my car's info. 33 psi for front and back tires, and 60 for the spare. But the front and back tires list their max pressure as 51!! I don't think I've been putting in THAT much air, probably somewhere in the 40s? But regardless. That's way more than I'm supposed to!

 

Tell me: Did you already know this tire fact?!

 

Or have you been incorrectly putting the max air pressure in your tires this whole time?! (tell me I'm not the only one!!)

 

And since this is a money-saving blog, I'll bring it back to the money-saving aspects of having correctly inflated tires: better gas mileage, it'll help your tires last longer (and if you've ever had to buy tires, you know they are expensive!! ugh), and it's safer in general. Overinflated tires have less contact with the road, which means you have less control of the car, and that's especially scary on wet roads.

 

Also, I just did a quick google and found this fact (from tirerack.com): "If a vehicle's tires are overinflated by 6 psi, they could be damaged more easily when running over potholes or debris in the road." Damaging your tires-- that's scary!

 

Thanks for the lesson, Dad! You're so smart :)

 

 

When's the last time you checked the air in your tires?? If it's been awhile... I double dog dare you* to do it this weekend! (and don't forget to do the spare tire!!)

*Yeah, now you really have to!

Also, I just found this cool website http://www.freeairpump.com/map/ that shows you locations of FREE air pumps in your area! I haven't tested it out yet but let me know if you do!!