Did you know that low tire pressure has consequences for your pocket, for driving safety
and for the environment? You are right. And the worst of all is that it is estimated that
around 70% of European drivers usually drive with tires whose pressure is not adequate.
Excess Consumption: Environmental and Economic Disaster
Over the past decade, multiple brands and manufacturers have published detailed studies
about the dangers and consequences of low tire pressure circulating on our roads. In
2008, a joint investigation by the Foundation of the International Automobile Federation
and Bridgestone showed that incorrect inflation of tires generated 18.4 million extra
tons of CO2 discharged into the atmosphere, in addition to unnecessary consumption of
8,000 million liters of fuel and 55 million tires.
In short, it is an environmental and economic disaster that could be resolved by adopting
the simple habit of reviewing the pressure with sufficient regularity.
How Does It Affect Your Pocket?
According to the Michelin manufacturer's calculations, circulating with tires with a pressure
between 1 and 2 bars below the recommended one can increase gasoline consumption
by more than one full tank per year.
Uneven tire wear
The low pressure also causes the tire to wear more on the sides and flanks, to the point of
making it completely unusable long before it should. That is, the useful life of the tire is
shortened, and it is necessary to change it, facing the added cost that this implies.
The danger of a blowout
The fact that the wheel deteriorates irregularly also increases the risk of an unexpected
burst during driving. This is a definite risk factor for security.
As you can see, the low tire pressure poses a lot of problems of all kinds. However, it should
not be so. Just follow these three simple tips:
● Check tire pressure monthly
● Take advantage of the trip to your usual service station to check that the tire pressure is
● Check the tire pressure before embarking on a long trip