A $7 investment that should save money

For quite a long time now, Mario Andretti has been the face of the Bridgestone/Firestone company’s public awareness campaign to remind the public about the importance of ensuring that your tyres are properly inflated according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

On Tuesday, I was out, and I’d been noticing that my tyres seemed a bit low, and I didn’t know if we had any pressure gauges available here, so I went to a local auto supply store, and picked up a basic one that goes from 5 to 50 PSI for $7.00 or so. Then I get home, and check the air pressure levels. For my car, the recommendation is 30 PSI cold.

The gauge said that they were at 15 PSI. Not good at all. So, I had a chance to go to a service station, and took advantage of their free air to put some back into the tyres, but I’ve been missing on the left rear – I need to go out and fix that tomorrow, probably at a different station, but now I know that I should probably back in at the one I went to on Tuesday, so I should just be able to do that. 🙂

Anyway, the reason that this should wind up saving me money in the long run is that one of the main advantages of having properly inflated tyres is that the car doesn’t have to work as hard to get moving, which means you’ll use less fuel every day. So far, the car’s trip computer seems to be in agreement with that theory, since I’ve gone from 20.8 or so MPG up to 22.5 for my last fill-up (though the calculated mileage was 20.something).

On one car-related note, I am really wanting to take care of it; I need to book an appointment to have an oil change (it’s been nearly 3700 miles, and almost 3 months since the last one; it’s hard to believe that you can drive that far in such a short amount of time, you know?), and to check the fluids and other fun stuff.

To think that I used to always say that every 3000 miles for an oil change was just a recommendation – now, it’s a guideline for me to start thinking about getting a change… 😉