Sorry I haven’t blogged much today–I’ve been sitting in the waiting room at Pep Boys. I was there to get the state emissions test for my car. It only took two hours (ugh).
My car now has a Pennsylvania license plate. I’m kind of sad about it–when I drove with my Indiana plate and I got lost or confused, other PA drivers gave me a break. Now, they think I’m one of them.
I’ll always be a Hoosier, no matter where my car is registered.
The inspection cost $55. Oh, goody. It will last until the end of November of next year, then I have to do it again. Arg.
On the way home from that ordeal, I stopped to check my car’s tire pressure. My tires are supposed to have 35 psi. One tire looked visibly low, and when I checked it, it only had 20. Wowzers! I put some free air in it at a gas station, and all of the other tires were fine.
It is vital that you regularly check your tire pressure. Certainly before you make a long road trip, but consider doing it every few weeks. The cold winter air has a way of lowering pressure in some cases.
When your tires are properly inflated, you’ll get better gas mileage, your tires will wear more evenly, and you’ll be safer.
My brother-in-law had the misfortune of having a tire either under or over inflated (I’m not sure which). As he was driving, the tire began to unravel, and it flapped against his rear bumper and against the side of his car. Fortunately, he didn’t lose control of his car, but he easily could have gotten into a serious wreck. The flapping tire caused a lot of expensive damage.
So, there you go. No excuses not to check your tire pressure. Gauges don’t cost much, and it’s easy to do.