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‘Airing’ on the safe side

Written by maryp posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2008

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Ohhh the political rhetoric is heating up and now automotive maintenance has been thrown into the fray!

As BMW and MINI professionals, we have stressed the importance of a well maintained vehicle to keep you getting the most for your fuel dollar. That includes, your tire pressure, the load of junk in your trunk that is weighing it down, and even driving on the highway with your windows down! The optimum performance includes proper maintenance, that include items such as oil services, new air filters, fuel filters, spark plugs, oxygen sensors, and yes, your tire pressure! Note: the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle will be on a sticker on the door pillar.

Keep in mind that under inflation will decrease your fuel efficiency. The goal is to keep your tires at the recommended psi. If your tires are not properly inflated and lower than recommended, it causes more “drag” as your car rolls down the highway. The result is an increase in fuel consumption. (It is also a safety issue, but we’ll stay on message, today, in regards to getting the most for your fuel dollar).

This is not new to us as professionals, it’s not new to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it should not be news to anyone who drives a car. It is estimated that less than 60% of people check their tire pressures monthly, (as recommended by the manufacturers, NHTSA, and the Department of Consumer Affairs). Now that the government has mandated the TPMS, (tire pressure monitoring systems), we expect this percentage to be even less! And just wait until you need to replace one of those, (more pain).

One of the unfortunate results of these increased mandates, is that people expect their car to take car of them, instead of the other way around. Sorry.

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