The Good Life
Now that we’re paying higher gas prices because the HST has taken effect, there’s another reason to make sure your tires are properly inflated. It’ll save you money. According to the Rubber Association of Canada the savings could equal to the total cost of the extra 8 per cent tax on fuel. It’ll maximize your tires’ safety and it’ll also help the environment.
Motorists who ensure their tires are properly inflated can expect to save about two weeks worth of fuel annually.
It sounds like a no-brainer but apparently half of all Canadian drivers are riding on at least one tire that is under- or over-inflated. And that can be dangerous if your tires under-inflated by 20 per cent or more.
To check your tire pressure once a month:
➢ First find the right inflation pressure for your tires on the vehicle placard. Check the owner’s manual for its exact location.
➢ Remember to only measure pressure when the tires are cold. If you have been driving, wait three hours before measuring tire pressure.
➢ Use a reliable tire gauge when measuring pressure. A visual inspection is not an effective way of measuring tire pressure. Remove the cap from the valve stem, press the tire gauge onto the valve and take the pressure reading.
➢ Add air until the recommended air pressure is achieved. If you overfill the tire, release air by pushing on the metal stem in the centre of the valve, then re-measure the pressure.