Majority of the time my car does city duties, malls, visiting friends and families or office commute. But there are times where I drive with my family to my native town with tons of luggage in the boot. The car is literally fully loaded and I can clearly feel the difference the way it responds to my inputs. Lazy, that is how it feels!
There is nothing I can possibly do to increase the space inside the car or the engine or braking power. But I can surely make a small but significant change in the tyre air pressure.
How so? Take a look at the tyre air pressure sticker, it is located on the driver side door in cars or on the swing arm on the bikes. You will see 2 types of air pressure values mentioned.
- Normal Load
- Maximum Load
Normal load is when you are driving only with people seated and no luggage. Most of the time this drive is usually within the city limits where the total distance and speed does not go beyond 100.
Maximum Load is when you have luggage along with the people seating in the car. The car is fully loaded. This usually happens when you are driving outside the city for a vacation.
How does this help?
Air Pressure in the tyre gives them the required strength to do their task efficiently. So if the load on them increases they need recommended more air to counter it.
Low air pressure causes more friction between tyres and the road surface. This will cause burning of more fuel during accelerating and faster degradation of brake pads during braking.
Also, due to the extra friction, the vehicle is lazy to accelerate or to stop! Plus the tyre life will significantly decrease.
So before you head out for vacation with all of your people and luggage, make sure to fill the recommended air pressure, and don’t forget that spare wheel!
P.S. This rule also applies to 2 wheels!