As a new driver, there is definitely a lot to take in and learn when it comes to driving and maintaining a vehicle. Of all of the things that you need to get familiar with, the tires and your tire pressure could be one of the most important things. The tires of your vehicle do not just make it possible for you to drive a car at all, they keep you safe while you travel in a vehicle. Here are a few of the most common questions about tire pressure you may have as a new driver. 

Do all tires operate best with the same tire pressure?

All tire types are specifically designed to hold a certain amount of tire pressure, and even your car will come with recommendations about tire pressure for proper handling. You can usually find information about tire pressure on the inside of the driver’s side door or in the owner’s manual. 

If tire pressure is low, how will it affect how the vehicle handles?

A tire that is low will be less capable of absorbing shock on the roadway. Therefore, if you have a low tire, you will likely feel a difference in the smoothness of the way your car handles. Additionally, too low pressure and it means that there will be a lot of friction between the rubber and the road. Friction generates heat, which can wear out your tires quickly and cause a blowout, which can be dangerous if you are traveling when it happens. 

How does tire pressure change when you do not put air inside?

You can fill a tire with air one day, check it the next, and even without a leak or adding air you can see a notable difference in tire pressure when you check it. The air pressure inside of the tire can expand and contract along with changes in temperature. This is why most tire manufacturers recommend that people check their tire’s air pressure when temperatures drastically change. Additionally, it can be helpful to have a slightly lower tire pressure when the roads are slick or icy, to provide a little more traction. 

When you drive a car regularly, you will start to get familiar with tire pressure and how it affects you as a driver. If you have questions about car tires and their pressure, talk to a representative from a tire sales and service center, such as Jensen Tire & Auto, for help.