A primer in checking tire pressure

January 26, 2011 12:00 AM

Winter doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon, so it's important for drivers to continue checking their tire pressure throughout the season.

There are simple ways to check your tire pressure, however, ensuring that driving from point A to point B is never too difficult.

First of all, buy a tire air pressure gauge, from your local auto parts or maintenance shop, where they'll likely be available for a couple of bucks. If you want a digital gauge, be prepared to spend upwards of $15 or $20 (also think about batteries, should it need one). DMV.org recommends staying away from "ultra-cheap" versions, however, as they can give inaccurate readings.

These fit easily in your glove box and are very simple to use. Unscrew the little knob covering the stem where air usually gets put into the tires then place the gauge over it. The tires will either push out a stick reading or the digital model will provide a result.

Drivers should remember to look on their tires for the "PSI recommend at..." statement that will determine whether your their pressure is ok. Also, DMV.org says that a more accurate reading will occur if you test "cold tires," meaning the car hasn't been driven for at least three hours.

If your wheels need more air, gas stations usually have tanks where you can fill up the tires.

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