Saving at the Pump by Pumping Up Your Tires

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

With rising gas prices an uncontrollable force, drivers have control at the pump in other places: the tires.

"There's fuel mileage and cost of your tires. We don't want to replace your tires too much if they're under-inflated," Doug Van Kessel said.

Fuel experts estimate that for each pound your tire is under inflated, you lose two percent in fuel economy. Pencil or dial type gauges can check proper inflation. To do that, use both hands, one on the wheel and one on the gauge. Push down and listen for the air to stop. That number is your car's PSI, or Pounds per Square Inch.

"Make sure you go to your door or owner's manual. Do not use the number that's on the tire. That's for maximum installation pressure, that's for when we put the tires on your wheels," Van Kessel said.

With gas prices continually on the rise, we asked drivers how much they check their tires and its pressure.

"It's 100 percent important. You've got to keep your gas mileage up with the price of gas," James Vanderbusch said.

Others admit with the recent pump prices, they're checking tire pressure each time they fill up. They argue with the potential savings, it should be a no-brainer to get out the gauge.

"It's expensive, you know. Then you have to watch yourself. If you don't you keep everything inflated going right, you'll just spend more money, and that's what I'm trying to avoid," Willie Little said.

It’s an automobile money saver just a gauge and air pump away.


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