Nitrogen for tyres, good idea?

Written by Tejen Dhankhar

You hear this a lot don’t you? To get your tyres inflated with Nitrogen gas.

But is it really worth it? Is it good? Yes, Nitrogen sure does cost more and the ‘regular’ air filled also has 80% of Nitrogen level in it. Then why?

Nitrogen is an inert gas, that means it does not mix or fuse with other gases at high temperatures. Also, it is non-flammable & non-toxic. All of these properties help Nitrogen to maintain the lowest moisture levels in tyres.

So being such a cool gas (Nitrogen is cooler than regular compressed air), helps it to maintain the expansion of tyres on the go. Rotating tyres also rotate the gases present inside them thus leading to increased kinetic energy. High kinetic energy leads to high temperatures, thus expanding tyres on the go.

Not only does it reduce the wear and tear, but also helps in making high speed journeys safer. As simple science teaches us, air expands on heating, so Nitrogen being inert expands 10% as compared to 90% of ‘regular’ air.

Primarily, one can use Nitrogen for highway runs on hot summer days.

Few hundered bucks extra, but it maintains typre pressure for longer, and at the safest level too.