Monday, April 23, 2012
The bike tires were almost flat and while checking the bike I decided to check the car tires as well. The cars looked fine but they were in fact well below the recommended inflation pressure. I was angry with myself for not staying on top of this given the price of gasoline and the negative impact of low tire pressure in gas mileage. Low bike tires make a bike hard to pedal and ditto for cars and trucks, the engine has to work harder and uses more fuel. Add to this the expense of a good set of tires for a pickup can hit the $1k mark with ease. They will wear out in short order if you don't stay on top of tire air pressure.
I knew my gas mileage had fallen off a bit but chalked it up to colder weather and ethanol added to the gas. Duh... tire pressure is critical and can take several MPG off in a hurry. Air is free at most tire dealers and can save you $0.40/gallon or more if you are rolling around on low tire pressure.
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 2:03 PM