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One of the easiest ways to maintain a tyre is to keep it inflated to the recommended tyre pressure at all times. The modern era has made this very easy via tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), however, there still are ambiguities that need to be understood before you think your tyre is totally safe.

In regards to tyre pressure, tyres are expanded with the air. Be that as it may, have you at any point pondered the about the air that is being used to inflate your tyre? is that air safe? Is there a better alternative to air in terms of inflating your tyres?

So in order to know the answer to these questions and inflate your beloved Kumho tyres more securely stay tuned to this article.

In many countries around the globe, the normal air is the main choice to inflate the tyres yet it is not the only or the most appropriate solution. Nitrogen gas is a generally a superior option to inflate your tyres with.

It is quite conceivable that anyone would initially argue that the common air that is pressurized into to tyre has 73% of the nitrogen than what is the mysterious advantage of the pure nitrogen gas over the common air. Why 78% of the nitrogen isn’t adequate? Well, the answer is ‘no oxidation’; do not be confused here is the detailed explanation.

Oxygen is significant for the survival of individuals and is similarly significant for all the living beings present on the earth. It’s really the water vapours and oxygen which have the effect noticeable all around. Similarly, as oxygen is significant, it is likewise deadly because of oxidation. The portrayal of oxidation is the “erosion or rust” which we can commonly observer on metals.

This oxygen is hence awful for the steel and the rubber of the tyres. In this way, on the off chance that we use oxygen in tyres, it can prompt the oxidation to occur with the assistance of water vapours present in the air while decreasing the lifespan of the tyre. The piece of a tyre which is influenced progressively because of oxidation is the steel, and it might go unnoticed until it’s too late.

 While, on the off chance that we talk about the nitrogen gas, it is a dormant gas, it can’t react with water which makes it free from oxidation process in this way it very well may be utilized as an option in contrast to oxygen.

Benefits of inflating your tyres with nitrogen

Here are few of additional advantages of using nitrogen gas in tyres:

Keeps tyre pressure constant

You may have seen that with time the pneumatic pressure inside the tyres begin to decrease that is the reason tyres should be kept in check for the recommended tyre pressure constantly. In any case, have you ever pondered; what is the reason for this constant decrease in the tyre pressure? There are many wrong theories and the most commonly believed one is that it might happen because of a negligible leak.

In any case, once more, the appropriate answer lies in the use of oxygen. The size of oxygen molecules is smaller that is why they are able to leak through porous rubber material of the tyre, hence causing approximately 2-4 PSI of decrease in tyre pressure every month. Whereas, nitrogen gas is considered as the best choice, due to its more prominent size than oxygen. Nitrogen gas molecules cannot escape through the small pours of the rubber material, hence there is zero chance of losing even 1 PSI.

Less pressure change at high temperatures

Many experiments and various studies have shown that with the expansion in temperature, nitrogen in the tyres displays less change in tyre pressure. Subsequently, this striking property makes the nitrogen useful and predictable than the normal air.

The increased life span of tyres

Since nitrogen helps in keeping up the tyre pressure constant in the tyres, it also enhances the life expectancy of the tyres by decreasing the wear and tear of tyres. On the off chance that the tyres are under-inflated, they face more harm in light of the fact that there is increased contact patch of the tyre with the road, which prompts more prominent wear and tear.

Fewer odds of a tyre blowing out

As referenced above, nitrogen gas does not prompt the oxidation due to the absence of oxygen, which is very essential in terms of safety. Oxidation deteriorates the tyre via corrosion, accordingly making them fragile throughout the years, and in this manner it expands the odds of a tyre blowout, hence prompting a fatal accident.

Prompting better fuel economy

As we as a whole know, the costs of fuel is a common worrisome subject for many.  Everybody nowadays is worried about it since everybody possesses a vehicle and fuel prices are high. However, the vast majority of us disregard the tyre pressure while considering fuel consumption. Indeed, tyre pressure assumes a significant job in terms of fuel utilization, since tyre pressure defines the mileage of the vehicle on a single tank.

On the off chance that the tyres are under-inflated, they’ll have more rolling resistance, in this way causing the motor to work more while producing more mechanical energy in this manner, consequently causing the fuel utilization to increment naturally.


Nitrogen is a latent gas and is not harmful to the ecology of the earth. On the off chance that we investigate all the previously mentioned advantages of nitrogen, we can conclude on major properties of nitrogen. Less fuel will be devoured by the vehicles on the off chance that we accomplish appropriate inflation of tyres, which will prompt less discharge of gases in the earth atmosphere. Air contamination will be controlled thusly too.

 Likewise, the life expectancy of tyres can increment with the utilization of nitrogen, accordingly, it diminishes the assembling and shipment cost, as well as the biohazardous waste,  will likewise diminish, consequently being eco-friendly.

Important note

With all things considered, tyres inflated with nitrogen gas also needs maintenance. Nitrogen is no exception you constantly have to keep it maintained. As Keith Willcome from Bridgestone says, “Nitrogen is no substitute for proactive, regular tyre care and maintenance,”


Despite the fact that it is costly to fill the nitrogen in the tyres when contrasted with the normal air, yet thinking about the above variables, we can’t deny the way that it has less unfriendly impacts than the air.

Pooja Sharma

Pooja is a digital nomad and founder of HotMail Log. She travels the world while freelancing & blogging. She has over 5 years of experience in the field with multiple awards. She enjoys pie, as should all right-thinking people.

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