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Did you know that tire pressure is an important factor in the overall safety and performance of your vehicle? Of course, you did. But do you know all the reasons why? In fact, having properly maintained tire pressure has lots of benefits to keep your ride at its best, including improved fuel economy, vehicle handling, and tire lifetime. It even helps reduce your car’s exhaust emissions! So much good stuff.

On the other hand, if your tire pressure is too far off spec, your tires could fail suddenly and cause you to lose control of your car, which makes it kind of scary that many Canadians overlook checking their tire pressure between service appointments.

Thankfully, we have a resident tire pressure guru in the form of Tom Phan, one of Onlia’s product experts. A true safety role model, Tom checks the tire pressure on his family van regularly and can often be found sharing his tips around the office.

Sharing is caring, so we asked Tom to lend his knowledge to the Onlia community. Check out his tips for proper tire pressure maintenance:

  1. Check your pressure when your tires are cold — either early in the morning, or once your tires have cooled down after a drive. You’ll get the most accurate reading from your pressure gauge this way.
  2. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on the driver-side door sill.
  3. Digital tire pressure gauges are best. The manual gauges are cheap, but if you want a true reading, invest in some tech.
  4. Check your tire pressure every couple weeks. You’d be surprised how things can change in a short period of time.
  5. When you bring your vehicle in for servicing, have the mechanic check and adjust your tire pressure. They’ll do this for free with your oil change.


Have any tire pressure questions for our man Tom? Tweet us @OnliaCA #OnliaCA


Drive Safely,

Onlia Team

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