Risks of Underinflation
Underinflated tires wear much more quickly than properly inflated tires, especially on the shoulder area. There’s simply not enough air pressure to hold the tread flat against the road. The greatest risk of an underinflated tire is that the tire could overheat, which causes the inner structure of the tire to disintegrate due to excessive flexing and can lead to blow out suddenly and unexpectedly, at any speed or condition.
Risks of Overinflation
There’s a misconception that continues that better fuel economy is achieved at a passenger tire’s maximum inflation pressure of 35 psi (what’s marked on the sidewall) or even higher. While this does lower the rolling resistance whatever same gain you achieve in fuel economy is quickly offset by increased wear and hazards. For example it will increase center tread wear, but more importantly, it’ll reduce the vehicle’s stopping distance in wet weather. This is because you’re driving on only the very center of the tread. If the tire is excessively inflated, it could cause a catastrophic failure as the tire heats up in use on a hot Texas day.
As both overinflation and underinflation will cause premature tire wear, if you drive under either of those conditions you’ll have to replace your tires more frequently, which is a costly expense. Maintaining the correct air pressure and rotating based on the schedule of the vehicle manufacturer are the best ways to extend the life of your tires.
Impact on the Environment
Properly inflated tires reduce fuel consumption. While not likely to be significant on a tank-by-tank basis, with the millions of cars on the road with underinflated tires we could reduce our reliance on imported oil by 10 million gallons of gasoline per year. Reduced fuel consumption means less Carbon Monoxide and other pollutants in our atmosphere.
The Honda Tire Experts
At Honda of Clear Lake, we inspect the condition and inflation pressure of every car, truck, or SUV that rolls into our service department. We make certain that when you drive off our lot your tires are all set to Honda’s factory recommendations. If we note underinflation, overinflation, or any damage to a tire, we’ll bring that to your attention.
Should you have any questions about your tires, are having trouble locating the manufacturer’s recommended inflation pressure sticker, have some concerns about a wear pattern or an imbedded object in the tread, the tire experts at Honda of Clear Lake are here to help.
Not only does Honda of Clear Lake provide the finest Honda service in Webster, Honda of Clear Lake is also your best source for Honda tires in Clear Lake. Whenever possible we stock the recommended replacement for your original Honda tires as well as more value-priced tires for owners of older Honda vehicles. So whatever your tire needs – whether it’s an inspection, replacement tires, or just help in checking inflation please, come see us for all your tire care needs or schedule an appointment – saves you time at Honda of Clear Lake in Webster, TX.