When summer comes around, it is very important to make sure your tires can handle the heat. As with all other seasons, summer has its own set of driving challenges. Here are some tips to stay ahead of the game.
As you are probably already aware, your tire’s air pressure plays an important role in tire safety and performance. Maintaining the correct air pressure is particularly important because of the heat during summer months. We recommend checking your air pressure at least once a month, and before long trips. Traveling to different altitudes can also impact the pressure in your tires. When checking your tire pressure, be sure to check it at the cold point in the day, before doing any driving. Tires heat up as they are driven, which can lead to an inaccurate reading on a tire gauge.
Tire tread depth plays a vital role in traction and handling, making it very important that you regularly check the tread depth of your tires. We recommend checking the tread depth once a month, and before long trips. If you don’t have a tread depth gauge, you can use the wear bar indicators that are built into the tire, or even the penny test.
Check the Spare Tire
The summer months often mean more miles on the road. Few things put a halt to a road trip as quickly as a flat tire and no spare to replace it with. Whenever you take the time to inspect your tread and check your air pressure, it is a good idea to check your spare as well. Check the tread, air pressure, and tire age, to ensure that the spare can function when you need it.
Vehicle Loading and Overloading
If you are loading up your vehicle for a road trip, be sure to check the manufacturer specifications for load carrying capacity. The manufacturer information can typically be found with the tire inflation information on the driver’s door panel, in the glove box, or in the owner’s manual. Overloading your vehicle has a similar impact on your tires as driving on underinflated tires. It can lead to poor handling response and excessive heat buildup. Excessive heat buildup can result in tire failure.