How Often Should I Check My Tire Pressure?

Checking the air pressure in your vehicle’s tires once a month can greatly increase the life of the tires. A typical tire loses about 1.5 psi of air pressure every month, and that number can increase during the cold winter months. Under-inflated tires will wear faster since more rubber is in contact with the road. This also contributes to reduced fuel economy. Even if your vehicle is equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, often times the pressure in the tire must drop significantly for the system to recognize a low tire. Some wheels start gathering corrosion on the bead of the rim where the tire sits, causing a very slow leak. These slow leaks can be detrimental to the health of the tire because it can take months for the pressure in the tire to trigger the TPMS system. So, you could potentially be driving around for months with a tire low on pressure, effecting the tread of the tire. Checking pressures once a month will help prevent this issue, and alert you to a potential leak in a tire.