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Got a flat? Checking the pressure on your tires—and getting them filled—are one of the simplest fixes that can be done. Indeed, doing both is one of the first things you learn about a vehicle and with the widespread availability of tire pressure gauges attached to the pump, you should be able to do this on your own. Simply remove the cap, place the gauge against the valve, and read the number, comparing this to the numbers printed on the inside of your front door. You then simply add more air where needed.

Yet even with the relative easiness of this action, there are still tips that can help you when checking tire pressure and filling it with air. The first tip that can be given is on the timing of checking the tire pressure. While modern vehicles come with an indicator light that tells you when the air pressure is low, it still may be beneficial to check this once a month. The closer that pressure is to the printed guide equates to better operating tires, which in turn equates better gas mileage.

The next tip is where you should check them.

You can either do this at gas stations or at your home. The latter option can be done by buying a portable air pump that can plug into either the car or the electrical outlets of your home. While many do not come with an incorporated gauge, you can buy, for cheap, an additional gauge to see what pressure the tires are at. If you do it at a gas station, make sure that you pull your car close enough so that you can reach the hose around to all four tires without having to readjust the car midway through the job!

The third and final tip is in regards to the season.

Colder weather tends to have a larger effect on tire pressure, dropping it lower. In the winter, you should make sure that you are careful on the colder morning to check the pressure. Each ten degree drop can lead to a 1 psi pressure drop. Over time, this can cause the tires to break in areas, dropping the quality of the tires and causing flat tires.

These tips can be applied to tires of all kinds. One last thought as well: it is always a good idea to have a portable air pump with you that can plug in to the car and pump your tires up when you’re on the road. This can definitely save you a headache when the tires go flat in the middle of a road trip