Summer is when the outside temperature is the hottest, and when motorists are driving farther, and faster, in more heavily loaded vehicles. The combination can push a neglected or injured tire beyond its breaking point.
Under inflation is the easiest way to kill a tire. After all, air is what allows a tire to carry the weight of a vehicle and its cargo. Without proper air pressure, the internal components of the tire—fabric, steel, rubber, and composites—flex beyond their designed limits.
Tire Safety Tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The NHTSA has some great tips for taking care of your tires. Click here to see their infographic.
Here are 3 things to do regularly.
1. Check Tire Pressure
Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the most important things you can do to ensure the safety of your vehicle. Check the tag on the frame of the driver’s door for the proper air pressure for your tires. Having your very own tire gauge is a great idea, too.
2. Visually Inspect Tires
Visually inspecting your tires is important, easy and only takes a couple minutes. Look for any objects that have penetrated the exterior of your tires, such as nails, rocks or glass. Check your tire’s tread to make sure the wear patterns are normal. Abnormal wear patterns can indicate larger problems, like worn out suspension parts and/or alignment issues.
3. Rotate Your Tires
Rotating your tires regularly can help them wear more evenly, since front tires wear differently than back tires. Check your owner’s manual to find out what your vehicle’s manufacturer suggests in terms of how often you should rotate tires. If no recommendation is listed, our experts recommend rotation every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Have a great summer traveling the roads of our country. When you have questions, or need some car care information, please call us 713-695-5071.
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Sources: Popular Mechanics, NHTSA