Checking your tires for correct air pressure is something that many drivers overlook. As a result, most are driving with under inflated tires. While this may not sound like a big deal, it actually is. Under inflated tires reduce fuel economy and increase wear and tear on the tires leading to the need for replacement sooner than planned. Also, under inflated tires are dangerous. A blown tire could lead you to lose control of your car or just was bad, changing a flat tire on the side of the road is not a safe thing. Because of this, many are turning to nitrogen to fill their tires.
Nitrogen In Your Tires
The claim is that nitrogen lessens the need to check your tire pressure. While this is true, drivers still need to check the pressure and yet many assume that nitrogen filled tires do not need to be checked.
Nitrogen, just like air, will escape from the tire. However, nitrogen will escape at a slower rate reducing the need to check your tire pressure. In order to get nitrogen filled tires, you need to go to a service station where they perform this service. To fill up your tires, the cost varies but you can expect something in the neighborhood of $5 per tire.
To me, filling my tires with nitrogen is more of a hassle than it is worth. Currently, I try to check my tires monthly (sometimes it goes to two months). If they are low, I either use my parents’ air compressor if I am at their house or I go to the gas station near my house, throw a few quarters in the machine and call it a day.
With nitrogen, I have to first know of a place that fills tires with nitrogen. Then I have to get there when they are open (read: convenient for them, not me) so they can fill my tires. So for me, I will stick to air to fill my tires. But what is good for me isn’t necessarily good for everyone else.
If you are someone who rarely checks your tire pressure (you know who you are!), then nitrogen might be for you. Most cases you can find a place that uses nitrogen that also changes oil. That way you can get your oil changed and have your tired checked/filled at the same time. I don’t have this option as I change my own oil.
Whatever you choose, air or nitrogen, make it a point to keep your tire properly inflated. Not only is it safer, but you will be saving yourself money in the process as well.
Readers, do you put nitrogen in your tires? Why or why not?
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