Nitrogen In Your Tires: Safety First

You and your family will be safer when you’re riding on nitrogen.

Every day – as you drive to and from work, drop the kids at daycare or soccer practice, buy groceries – air is constantly escaping through the walls of your tires. Oxygen molecules, which are smaller than nitrogen molecules, seep through three to four times faster. A tire filled with “plain old air” will lose 1.5 psi in less than a month; with nitrogen, this can take six months or longer.

If you’re not constantly watching your tire pressure, escaping oxygen leads to under-inflated tires.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 41,730 people were killed and 3,031,000 were injured on the nation's public roads and highways in the year 2001. NHTSA estimates that proper tire inflation could help save 50 to 80 lives and prevent 6,600 to 10,600 injuries each year.

With nitrogen in your tires, they will maintain proper pressure longer. Properly inflated tires not only reduce the chance of a blowout, they also ensure that the recommended “contact patch” is on the road. That improves your vehicle’s handling so you can react more quickly and decisively in potentially dangerous road conditions and situations.

But don’t just take our word for it….


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