The Importance of Tire Pressure

Recently, at Pat Peck Honda, we’ve been receiving a lot of questions about tire pressure from our drivers around Gulfport, Long Beach, Biloxi, and the surrounding Mississippi communities. So, we’ve decided to create this guide to the importance of tire pressure. Contact us with any questions that come up.

If you need a tire appointment as soon as possible, you can also set one up with our service center.

Proper Tire Inflation: The Basics

Service Technician Checking Tires

Right off the bat, we’d like to emphasize just how important it is to keep your tires properly filled. There are many reasons why maintaining the correct tire pressure is crucial, such as:

  • Proper tire pressure diminishes braking distance.
  • It boosts steering and handling responsivity.
  • Furthermore, your treads won’t wear as much.
  • You’ll enjoy more efficient fuel economy ratings.
  • You can rely upon a more balanced suspension.

In general, it’s better to have tires slightly overinflated than underinflated, as overinflation causes much less damage than underinflation. Of course, it’s always preferable to have the pressure exactly on point.

Figuring Out Proper Tire Pressure

When it comes to determining the proper tire pressure for your vehicle, you have several allies on your side. You can check your owner’s manual or the tire specification decal on the driver-side doorframe.

For several older models (a.k.a. 2003 and back), the inflation info might be located inside the glove box, behind the fuel filler flap, or under the trunk lid. Regardless of where you find it on your car, it’s always preferable to use these numbers rather than the ones you can find directly on your tires’ rubber.

Another important tool is your Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which most vehicles now come with. It can alert you of any underinflation events by triggering a dashboard warning light. On a Honda, it often looks like an exclamation point within a circle.

Top 3 Tire Inflation Tips and Tricks

Checking Tire Pressure

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to leave you off with a couple of tips and tricks that’ll help ensure your tires are properly inflated as often as possible. Make sure that you take note of all of these points:

  1. Check your tire pressure often with a high-quality pressure gauge.
  2. Increased pressure is normal when tires are hot (about 2 to 6 PSI).
  3. Sometimes, increase pressure for towing/carrying heavier loads.

Most importantly, if you’re unsure about any of these suggestions, you can get in touch with our service team.

Schedule Your Tire Pressure Appointment Today at Our Service Center!

Whether you have a specific question or just don’t want to have to deal with filling your tires yourself, you can get in touch with us today at Pat Peck Honda. We’ll help you to set up a service appointment in practically no time. After all, we’re focused on serving all of the drivers around Gulfport, Long Beach, and Biloxi.

Schedule an appointment online, call us from your cell, chat with us on our website, or stop by.