Assuming you already have a tire gauge in hand, here’s how to quickly check the amount of pressure in your tires:
Tire air pressure should be checked once a month when the tires are cold (i.e. rested), says Edmunds. Tire pressure can vary 1-2 pounds per square inch (psi) for every 10-degree difference in ambient temperature, according to Goodyear. You may also want to consider checking your tire pressure more frequently in the following instances:
If you find out that your car’s tires are low according to the manufacturer’s suggestions, Edmunds recommends you follow these steps to successfully inflate the tires to the correct pressure:
Proper maintenance of your car can be important for its long life and safe operation. Your tires are one of the most important parts of your car; literally the place where the rubber meets the road. Regular care and maintenance are crucial to the safe and reliable performance of your vehicle.
Originally published September 2016.