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 |  Oct 21 2013, 12:32 PM

6. Run the Correct Tire Pressure

Tire-PressureTires are one of the most overlooked items on cars. It’s safe to bet that some drivers go years without checking the pressure in their vehicle’s rubber. Obviously a situation like this is a heaping helping of imminent danger.

Proper inflation pressure is critical to getting the best fuel economy possible. You can imagine the extra resistance there is when a car’s tires are low on air. Unfortunately this isn’t just an efficiency issue; it’s a safety concern as well.

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Automakers spend an enormous amount of time and effort determining the optimum inflation pressure for a given vehicle. Therefore it’s important to follow that number to the, um, letter. You’ll find the correct amount on a special placard, which is usually mounded on the body inside the driver’s door opening.

Fuel efficiency matters and so does safety. Suffice it to say, keep your vehicle’s tires properly pumped up.

  • Transpower

    All of these suggestions are well-known to most car buffs. I recommend adding 5 psi additional to your car manufacturer’s tire pressure spec, because you lose pressure over many months between check-ups. I also recommend replacing your OEM filter with the appropriate one from K & N.