What happens when you overinflate your tires?
Most people know that underinflating tires can have a poor effect on your vehicle’s performance. What’s the proper way to make it better? Inflate them to the proper level. Some might not pay any attention to this, however, and inflate their tires more than they should be. This can be just as bad, and we’ll show you what happens when you overinflate your tires here on our blog.
You might not think much of overinflating your tires, but you should. Putting too much air in there doesn’t simply prolong the time that you can fill them up; excess air will cause the center of the tire to bulge a little and raise it off the ground. When this happens, the edges aren’t touching the ground. This is bad for a couple of reasons. First off, you’ll be getting decreased fuel efficiency as the sides of the tires aren’t making contact with the ground so the engine will have to work harder. Secondly, with less tire on the ground, your vehicle will get poorer traction. This is especially dangerous in snowy or rough road conditions, and it can also be bad news if you’re making sharp turns. It’s harder to control a vehicle with less tire on the road.
Make sure the next time you check your tire pressure that you fill it up to the appropriate level designated in the driver’s manual. If you can’t find it there, you can always take a look online to find it. Do you drive a Mitsubishi? If so, we have all the answers as to what psi you should fill your tires to. Of course, poor performance on the road can also be attributed to poor tires, so if it’s time to replace them, give us a call and let us get you into a new set!