Tires can be the most mistreated part of your car; however, they play such an important role in keeping you and others safe on the road, and you need to remember to keep them at 100% all year round.
Now that winter is gone, and summer is on its way, there are a few things you need to check with your tires to ensure they are ready for the change in temperature, and more days on the road travelling. It’s vital to check the tread on your tires as summer driving season approaches, and here are some tips on how to ensure your tires are 100% safe for summer.
Know Your Grooves
When your tire tread becomes worn and the grooves in your tread become shallow, the ability of your tires to efficiently work are considerably reduced.
When the grooves are shallow, the tire cannot properly discard of water underneath the tires, which causes aquaplaning. Aquaplaning is a very difficult thing to manoeuvre out of, even for the best drivers, and the best way to prevent aquaplaning is to ensure that your tire tread is at peak performance. Low tire tread can also cause a number of other issues, like delayed stopping times, and less tread, causing skidding.
Measure Groove Depth
The simplest test, apart from visiting Freehold Tire, is to use a dime to measure the tread depth. Insert the dime into the tread and inspect how much of the sail on the ship you can see. If you can see the top of the mast, the tire is too worn and should be replaced. Visit your tire specialist to advise if you have any questions.
Know Your Pressure
The air pressure in your tires is also a very important factor to get right. Too much air pressure can wear your tires unevenly from the middle out, and too little air can wear them unevenly in many different ways. Tires with too little air also create weaknesses in the tire wall, causing unpredictable tire explosions, otherwise known as blow outs.
Underinflated tires also increase your fuel consumption, costing you extra money every time you drive, and they will quickly deform your tread profile, increase friction, rolling distance and heat. In summer, when the roads are hot, increasing tire heat by not checking pressures can have a drastic effect.
Beat the Heat
Other things that can affect temperatures of your tires can be reduced by regular cleaning. Road debris, dirt, mud, brake dust and oils can build up on your tire’s surface which will reduce its ability to lessen heat.
If you use winter tires, knowing how to pack and store your wheels and tires correctly will increase their life, and make them readily available when the next season change happens. The best place to store tires is either in a basement or any other space that has a controlled temperature, with no direct sunlight. If you are rolling out your summer tires to replace your winter tires, take them to your tire specialist to ensure they are balanced and in good condition before you fit them back on your vehicle.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to make sure your tires last and keep you safer longer. Looking after your tires will also save you money, time and peace of mind.