Driving around on underinflated tires is just a bad idea all the way around. Underinflated tires increase a car’s rolling resistance, meaning a drop in fuel efficiency since it takes more energy to move the vehicle down the road.
A single tire that’s down by ten pounds of air means a 3.3 percent drop in fuel economy…multiply that by all four tires, and you can figure on giving up ten percent of your gas mileage. The added friction and rolling resistance also means more heat is generated, and heat is the enemy of the internal structure of a tire. That heat will damage a tire to the point of failure. Studies show that underinflated tires are a full 25 percent more likely to fail, and at least half of one-car accidents involve a tire problem as a factor. And still, it’s estimated ...[more]
As residents of Northeast Ohio, we are no strangers to wet, icy, and snowy road conditions. Even with advances in tire technology, and routine visits to your local Tire Source to maintain and prolong the life of your tires and vehicle, not understanding the importance of proper tread depth on your tires can lead to challenging driving conditions. In fact, even tires that are at half the depth of when you first purchased them begin to increase your likelihood for challenging driving conditions.