What Tire Pressure is Right for My Volkswagen?
Keeping your tires inflated at the recommended pressure is crucial for your safety and comfort. Fortunately, your Volkswagen is good at telling you the optimal tire pressure: on the driver's-side door jamb of your vehicle is a placard that will tell you how much the tires should be inflated, both in PSI and kPa. The owner's manual will also let you know.
Why Is Proper Tire Pressure Important?
In addition to these resources, many new vehicles will also come with a tire pressure monitor to alert you if your tires aren't properly inflated. There's a reason that the correct tire pressure is easy to find: it really does matter. Over-inflating or under-inflating your tires can lead to serious problems.
If your tires have too much air, you put yourself in danger. Since less of the tire makes contact with the road, over-inflated tires have inferior traction, which can lead to accidents more easily. What's more, the center of the tires will bear the brunt of road wear. If road wear isn't spread equally, your tires will wear out much faster.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, under-inflated tires have their own dangers. When too much of the tire's surface comes into contact with the road, friction is increased. This leads to overheating, which can wear out your tires quickly--and even lead to blowouts.
When it comes to tires, there really is a happy medium. If you have continual problems with proper inflation, consider having your tires inspected at an authorized Volkswagen service center.