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Why Every Driver Should Have a Portable Air Pump

There are dozens of things to consider when preparing for the winter. It’s easy to overlook something. Take your tires for example. If you don’t pay attention, you might find your tire pressure rapidly decompressing in the winter, causing flats, skid-outs, and crashes.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy answer, one that works year round, too. It’s a portable air compressor/tire inflator.

Mankind is at the point in technological advancements that they can now create small, portable air pumps, powered by a vehicle’s cigarette lighter port. Ranging from $30 to $60, they allow someone to reinflate their tires without needing to rely on an outlet powered pump or paying for a gas station air pump.

This is especially important in the winter, where the shift from warm to cold will mess with your current tire pressure. And a low tire is much more susceptible to loss of control on the slippery, snowy roads.

Here’s a perfect example of why it’s needed: Earlier this month, I was traveling a few hours north of home to visit my in-laws. My partner and I were hit by a surprise cold front but paid it no mind. About an hour or so into the trip, the car indicator came on, warning us of dangerously low tire pressure in one of our front wheels. The only gas station nearby didn’t have an air pump. But it didn’t much matter, because we had a portable air pump and could fix it after a quick break.

In our opinion, every car owner should keep a portable air pump in their trunk.

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