Q. Is tire pressure really that important? I mean, if my pressure is a few pounds high or low, what does it really matter? A. Tire pressure is extremely important to the performance and the SAFETY of your vehicle. You should check your tire pressure frequently, at least monthly. If your pressure is too high or too low, at best, you're killing your gas mileage and adding to the wear and tear of your tire's tread. At worst case scenario, improper tire pressure can cause complete tire failure. It's easy to ignore tire pressure, to just hop in the car and go, but it can have serious repercussions on your wallet and the safety of passengers and those on the roads around you.
Q. I have a flat tire, can I repair it or do I have to completely replace my tire? A. That all depends on the amount of damage done to the tire and the condition of the tire. If the sidewall is blown or damaged or the seal is broken, then no, the tire is shot, but if there is a simple puncture that can be sealed, then yes, the tire can likely be repaired. In most cases, you can use a can of Fix-A-Flat to quickly repair and refill it. If that works and it doesn't immediately deflate, it can likely be repaired. Remove the tire (even if the Fix-A-Flat seems to be working), put your spare on, and take your tire to a certified mechanic for repair and testing.
Q. I've heard that the tires on my vehicle actually affect my gas mileage, is this true? A. Absolutely, your tires affect your gas mileage in many ways. Two things to keep in mind are to make sure that you have the proper tires for your vehicle, and that you have proper tire pressure, according to the manufacturers suggested tire pressure, which is listed right on the tire itself. By having tires that fit your car and keeping them properly inflated, you can ensure maximum gas mileage if the rest of the vehicle is in perfect working order.