Top Three Reasons to Put Nitrogen in Your Tires
You may have heard people talking about getting their tires filled with nitrogen. You may have even seen some promotions for special deals on nitrogen-filled tires. But, do you know why nitrogen is so good for your tires? Here are the top three reasons you should consider getting nitrogen in your tires:
- Less stops at the gas station – Nitrogen atoms are larger than oxygen atoms. This means they do not migrate through the rubber of tires as easily. According to U.S. News & World Report, air escapes 1.6 times faster than nitrogen. Since nitrogen stays inside the tire longer, your tire pressure remains more consistent, allowing you to go longer between fill-ups.
- More consistent fuel economy – In addition to more consistent tire pressure, nitrogen maintains a higher tire pressure. Higher pressure reduces rolling resistance, which means your vehicle doesn’t have to work as hard to stay in motion. This allows you to get more miles per gallon.
- Reduced wear and tear – Regular air retains water vapor. This water vapor can cause rusting inside the wheel or the valve stem, and can also corrode the TPMS sensors used to monitor tire pressure. Unlike air, nitrogen does not retain water vapor; therefore, nitrogen reduces the long-term damage to both your tires and your wheels.