Yes, I do it all the time on my Malibu. I increase the pressure by 5 lbs in each tire. Works for me.
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Increasing the pressure makes the tire more susceptible to bruising, which increases the chance of failure.
Increasing the pressure reduces the contact patch on the road surface, reducing braking effectiveness. I figure I need all the stopping power I can get!
The reduced contact patch also reduces the traction which holds the vehicle on the road. I figure I need all that I can get, too!
I'm not sure the increased pressure will give enough of a fuel economy increase to make it worth while. Although, many years ago, a group of engineering students built a vehicle around a Chevy six engine and three speed manual transmission, and by running a very lean mixture, and 100 PSI tires, and other chicanery, they got a calculated 150 MPG!
I run the vehicle manufacturer's recommended tire pressures. All the time.
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nope. i leave the tire pressure alone...it's the same for towing or driving. can't see the logic in changing it for towing. sounds like a major hassle to make those changes every time i want to tow/drive.
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If anything I would lower it a little bit since there is no one in the car and thus reduced weight on the tires. Tires should have the correct pressure to wear evenly across the tread. This gives the maximum contact with the road and is the safest. Anything else wears your tires out quicker and is not as safe.
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