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Check your tire pressure, even in winter

There is no doubt that your tires are one of the most important components of your car. In reality, they are probably the most important mechanical component, as they are the only point of contact between your car and the road. This is why it is important to have good tires, both in summer and winter.

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That said, new tires that are not too worn out is just the starting point. It is also important to make sure that your vehicle is equipped with tires that are suitable for the use you intend to make of the vehicle, and you must then ensure that the tires are properly inflated. Often it is this latter aspect that is overlooked.

“Some drivers mistakenly believe that it is not necessary to monitor tire pressure and that they can drive continuously and the pressure will not change. This is unfortunately not the case and often people underestimate the dangers posed by tires that are not properly inflated, “says a representative at Atlantic Mazda.

If your tire is under-inflated, for example, you will notice that your vehicle is somewhat unstable because the tire is not in solid contact with the road. In addition, an underinflated tire will be softer and thus, friction between the rubber and the road will increase.  This increased friction will then lead to an increase in fuel consumption.

Then there is the opposite effect where the tire is overinflated. In such a situation, the contact area is reduced between the tire and the road and the wear seen on the center portion of the rolling surface will be higher than the rest of the tire. The vehicle will also lose some agility and cornering ability.

We must therefore ensure that our tire is inflated to the specifications recommended by the manufacturer. You will find these specifications inside the vehicle door frame, or in the owner’s manual. Once you know the correct pressure, make sure you use a quality gauge and check the pressure regularly.

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