The Importance of Tire Pressure

By maintaining the proper tire pressures on your car, truck, or SUV, you can save money by improving your vehicle’s fuel economy, extend the life of your tires, so costly replacements occur less frequently, and increases the safety of your vehicle in almost every driving condition, which can also help keep your insurance costs down.

If your tires are not properly inflated, they become the weak link in your vehicle’s safety chain. Despite all the advances available in newer model cars, trucks, and SUVs in various collision avoidance systems, it still comes down to the four patches of rubber, which are only about the size of the palm of your hand, that connect all that technology to the road.

Determining the Proper Inflation Pressure

The tire pressure specified by the vehicle manufacturer, in this case Honda, is marked on a label inside the driver’s door of your car -- as well as in your vehicle’s owners’ manual. The tire pressure indicated marked on that label is the pressure you should use to inflate and check the tires when cold. Your owner’s manual will define what the manufacturer has determined is the appropriate cold condition to measure inflation pressure (typically how far or long you’ve driven or how long the vehicle has been parked).

It is important to remember that the proper inflation pressure is not that which is stamped on the tire. That is only the tire manufacturer’s maximum pressure and by filling your tires you can create several problems for yourself, as you’ll soon see.

There are four benefits to you as a vehicle owner and driver in keeping your vehicle’s tires properly inflated:
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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.

Economical Operation
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.