What You Need to Know About Filling Your Tires

Having overfilled or underfilled tires can be extremely dangerous. They can blowout while you’re driving and cause a serious accident. Even if they don’t cause an accident or leave you stranding in need of a tow truck, having the wrong air levels in your tires increases wear and tear and can make your car less fuel-efficient. Filling up your tires might seem intimidating, but it’s easier than you may think—and it’s a worthwhile skill to learn. Here is what you need to know about filling your tires.

Check Your Tire Pressure Often

It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure once every month as well as before any long trips. Many new cars have warning lights that indicate when pressure has fallen too low, but by checking your tires, you can often notice small changes in pressure sooner than the warning light indicates. Digital tire pressure gauges are very inexpensive and easy to use. Simply place the gauge on the valve on your tire and let it do its work. You can find out what your tire pressure should be in your owner’s manual and on the sticker that is placed inside the door in the driver’s side of the car.

Use Air Compressors with Caution

When your tires are underinflated, you can add air with air compressors found at most gas stations. Add air slowly, and stop frequently to check the pressure using the gauge on the compressor wand. In these instances, it is better to slightly overinflate your tires by a few psi, but if end up more than three psi over the target, then release a little air. If you find that you consistently have to top up your tires, then get them checked by a mechanic, as you may have a leak.

If you find yourself stuck with a flat tire, call Barnett’s Towing. Our tow trucks can come out 24 hours per day to get you and your car to safety. For towing in Arizona, call (800) 722-2302.