Tire Pressure Basics

How To Find Tire Pressure

Checking your tire's air pressure is simple and only requires that you wait until the tires are "cold." This means that the car should not have been driven for at least an hour. Once the tires are cold, you will be able to obtain an accurate PSI reading.


Second, look for the manufacturer's suggested PSI. This can be found in your car's owner manual or stamped on the driver's side door. Write down these requirements and go to the nearest air pump - which are often at car washes, service stations, or tire shops. A single use will likely cost $0.50 to $2.00 tops."


Check the tire pressure with an air gauge to make sure they are inflated to the correct PSI. These gauges can easily be found at any automotive department in a retail store, or even some gas stations. Put simply, fill the tires up to the specified level then check it one last time before you hit the road!

When To Read Tire Pressure

To keep your tires in good condition, you should check the pressure monthly. Most cars now have a setting on the dashboard that will tell you the PSI of all the tires. However, sometimes this computer generated reading can be slightly off, so it's best to use a pressure gauge just to be sure.


PSI can also be influenced by colder climates. Goodyear states that for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tire pressure can decrease by 1-2 pounds. The opposite is true for rising temperatures.

Why Read Tire Pressure

Your car's tires are essential for multiple reasons: fuel economy, automotive safety, and performance. They literally keep your vehicle moving steadily forward. If you experience a blowout while driving, it not only creates an immense headache but can also be very dangerous if there isn't an emergency lane readily available. By giving your car some preventative maintenance now, you're ensuring that it will take care of you and your family for many journeys to come.