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Get better fuel economy and lessen tire wear. Buy less fuel and fewer tires.

You're safer with properly inflated tires. Under-inflated tires wear faster, run hotter and are more susceptible to unexpected failures.

A small patch of rubber and air is what keeps your vehicle on the road.  However, we typically don't pay enough attention to our vehicle's tires.  Recently, a national survey showed that 70% of Vancouverite's vehicles have improperly inflated tires.

In fact, 95% of your vehicle's weight is carried by the air in your tire.  An improperly inflated tire can reduce fuel economy, increase tire wear, and could be a safety hazard.  Checking your tire pressure is a free, simple way to make a difference.

What's the right pressure?

Vehicle manufacturers put the recommended tire pressures on a decal normally found on the driver's door, the door frame or the fuel cap.  Inflate your tires based on these recommendations the pressure shown on the tire is the maximum safe tire pressure.

Get a gauge.

Use a good quality tire gauge.  Tire gauges can be found at many local automotive retailers and gas stations.

Check pressures monthly.

Check your tire pressure at least once a month.  You should check the pressures when the tires are cold (i.e. the car has been stationary for at least 3 hours or has not been driven for more than 2 km).

Be Tire Smart.

Find out more about tire inflation, tire care and the impacts of poor inflation at Be Tire Smart.

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