Impacts Of Low And High Air Pressure On Tire

Last updated on January 3rd, 2024 at 09:42 am

Impacts Of Low And High Air Pressure

If you have been driving a car for a long period, you have an idea that the tire does not run for similar pressure, a little low and high air pressure variance is always there. Every time, the tire required maintenance and a checkup of air, whether it’s not too low or if it is inflated, the air has not increased the limit of PSI. 

Air pressure in the tire is the determinant of your car’s performance. The air pressure should not be high or low; it has to be at the recommended level to achieve the perfect performance of the car and tire as well. Going up or Down on pressure has consequences that could damage the tire. In this article, we will discuss what happens when the pressure is high or low and what you can do to keep track of the air in your vehicle’s tires. 

Impacts of Low and high air pressure 

As the tire keeps moving, the pressure of the air inside the tire keeps falling. There are other factors included, but commonly after 500-1k miles, you should refill the air on the tires. If you do not keep a check on tire air, then there are chances that your tire will not work as long as it should.

These are some of the major impacts that driving with low air pressure could have on your tires

Impacts of Low Air Pressure

Puncture and tread rubber destruction

If you drive with a low-air tire, even if it is not a flat tire, there are chances that the rubber and tread of this tire will be a mess after you inflate it. The reason for that is when the tire is low on air, it contacts the ground very unevenly, which is why most of the tires that run on low air pressure become useless after a few miles. Also if there are stones, nails, or rocks, the tire will very easily puncture due to the low air inside the rubber. 

Low fuel mileage

When a tire has low pressure, the engine has to put much more effort into moving the tire to give power to the axles. By that, the car will consume more fuel to cover the range that could be covered with less gas if the tire is properly inflated. 

Chances of accidents

When the tire is low on air, it has less traction control and low grip even at a slow speed. So if you keep driving with that tire, you will find it very hard to control the movement of the car, and if, unfortunately, the road is slippery or something, you will lose total control of the car, which can cause a major accident. Also, when there is low air, the tire is very bad on a bumpy road, sometimes damaging the rims of the cars as well. 

Just like low air pressure, high air pressure on tires is equally dangerous. When the tire is above the recommended level of air, it becomes wider, which is not good for the tire and for your car as well. That is why never add extra air by thinking that it will keep your tire running for more miles. These are some of the impacts that high-air-pressure tires can have on your car. 

Impacts of High air pressure

Chances of blowout

If you blow your tire with as much air left on the hose, you won’t get any benefit from it rather you will face circumstances that won’t be good for you. When the air is high on tires, they are very close to blowout; a small nail can take your car down into the ditch. The stretched rubber won’t be able to handle the road; if you drive fast, keep that in mind. Although F1 drivers put a little extra air on the tire due to the grip and speed which is another scenario. 

Bad handling and lost steering response

Handling and control of steering are very bad when the tires are high on air pressure. The car will go into different dimensions just by swiftly moving the steering. That is why it is not always necessary that if you get something extra it means it will be good for you, just maintain the pressure to the recommended pressure to keep your car away from any trouble. 

Stiff and uncomfortable ride

Another result of high pressure on tires is that the car delivers an uncomfortable ride, especially on bumps and uneven roads. The tire with the high pressure gets bouncy, and when there are bumps, the whole car jumps like crazy. The stiffness of the ride is also the result of high air on the tires. 

How to keep track

To keep track of tire air, check your tire air regularly. The other easy and convenient way to keep track of your tires is to use a monitoring tire pressure sensor. The TPMS will inform you about the tire’s air and notify you if the air is below the recommended level. 

Different cars, different models, and different tire sizes have different recommended pressures. The best way to find out about the recommended pressure is to look at the manual that comes with the car or with the tires. If you can’t find the manual, then check the sizes of your tire or your tire model, and search on the internet to find the recommended PSI for your tires. 

How pressure changes

The tire pressure changes due to weather conditions. In winter, the PSI decreases due to the cold weather. That is why keeping a closer look at your tire air in the winter is recommended. Similarly, there are other reasons that create variations in air pressure, including fast driving, punctures, old tires, and damaged tires or valves. These are some of the reasons that bring changes in tirePSI. So, if you want to keep the pressure stable, check out these things.


Keeping track of tires is very important because if the tire has low and high air pressure than recommended, there is a risk of some unusual incident. Any negligence in this can cause a big loss. TPMS is the best way to keep track of your tires, especially those with monitor screens. Finally, always make sure you are sure about the pressure in your vehicle’s tires other than these impacts written above, any other extreme thing can be avoided just by simply prechecking your tire’s air PSI. 

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