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As gas prices skyrocket upwards, we’ve got to squeeze every extra mile out of our gallons of gasoline.  We’ve all heard the tips to increase our gas mileage, but how many actually put them into practice?  Join your friends and neighbors in getting a bit dirty…by kneeling by the car and checking the tire pressure.

According to our research, those driving the average car (20.5 MPG) should expect around $30 in savings or more per year by keeping tires properly inflated. In addition to being wasteful, under-inflated tires wear faster, have to be replaced more often, and can lead to dangerous blowouts.

How to Get Started:

Step 1:  Know your recommended pressure.  The recommended tire pressure is NOT the pressure written on the sidewall of the tire.  That’s the maximum pressure, and over-inflation can ruin your gas mileage and also risks a dangerous blow out.  You can find the recommended pressure for your car in one of three places:

  1.  Your owner’s manual
  2.  In the driver’s side door jamb.
  3.  Under the gas cap lid.

Step 2: Check your tire pressure!  It’s important to check them when they are “cold”, or before you’ve driven a long distance.  Driving heats up your tires, which can affect the reading.  So next time you run errands, make the air pump at the gas station your first stop.  Unscrew the valve cap from the tire stem and put it in your pocket.  Then push the gauge onto the valve for a few seconds until it stops hissing.  Then read the pressure on the gauge.

Step 3:  Get dirty!  Kneel down and fill those tires, knowing as you do that you’re going to be saving money and the environment (plus earning a cool badge to show off!) Recheck the pressure and keep filling until you’ve got the recommended pressure.

Step 4: Repeat. Joulebug will remind you to check the pressure at least once a month!