How Does Tire Pressure Affect Gas Mileage?

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Fuel costs continue to rise with no signs of slowing down, leading more and more Greensboro drivers to ask questions like, “How does tire pressure affect gas mileage?” You can save a substantial amount of money on gas (and unexpected repair costs) by keeping your tires properly inflated. Learn more about the connection between tire pressure and gas mileage below, and don’t hesitate to contact Carolina Kia of High Point if you have any questions!

 

 

Tire Pressure and Gas Mileage

How does tire pressure affect gas mileage? Underinflated tires can negatively impact your gas mileage – but to what extent? In a 2012 study by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), results showed that for every 1% decrease in tire pressure there was a 0.3% drop in fuel economy.

Underinflated tires are not only bad for your gas mileage but also for the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. If you want to avoid an unexpected blowout or decreased traction while you’re out and about in High Point, proper tire inflation is essential.

Given the relationship between tire pressure and gas mileage, we highly recommend checking your tire pressure at least once a month. Keep in mind that your vehicle’s optimal tire pressure depends on the make and model, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual or the sticker inside the driver’s door for the recommended tire pressure, measured in psi (pounds per square inch).

What is a TPMS?

We have answered, “How does tire pressure affect gas mileage?” But what affects tire pressure? Temperature plays a major role. For example, for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, tire pressure decreases by an average of 1 to 2 psi. Fortunately, a majority of the latest Kia models come with a TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), making it easier than ever to keep track of the air pressure inside your tires and ensure optimal performance on Kernersville roads year-round!

Schedule Service with Carolina Kia of High Point Today!

Proper tire inflation is one of the many ways you can save every last drop of fuel during your Winston-Salem commutes. Whether you want to learn more about the relationship between tire pressure and gas mileage or need to schedule an appointment, our High Point service center is here to help. We’re just a short drive from Thomasville, so contact us today! You can check out more service tips and tricks in the meantime!

 

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