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Tire gauges help keep the pressure up to ensure your safety

Consumer Reports News: April 20, 2012 02:38 PM

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One of the most important and easy car maintenance checks is the pressure on your tires, but one out of every four cars is driving around with an underinflated tire.

It just takes a few minutes once a month to check your tires and add air as needed and it can save big bucks on new tires and help keep your family safer on the road. Underinflated tires cause tires to wear faster and unevenly, it wastes gas, can lead to tire failure and negatively impacts a vehicle's handling in an emergency. See our video below for a look at the difference in handling between a tire that is underinflated and one that has fully inflated tires.

To help keep tires in top condition, use a tire-pressure gauge to check the pressure of your tires monthly and before embarking on a long trip. For an accurate reading, make sure the car has been parked for three or more hours before checking pressures.

See our buying advice and Ratings on tire pressure gauges. For additional maintenance advice, see our guide to car maintenance.

Liza Barth

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