Tire Tips For Warm Weather And Road Trips.

June 26th, 2010 by

I can not begin to express to you the importance of keeping an eye on your tires. In the summer the heat is very bad on your tires. I have seen people traveling down the highway going 60 mph + with bald tires. I think to myself I hope they make it to wherever they are going safe. You see, when your tires are bald and it’s hot outside you have an even bigger possibility of your tire shredding on you. I know you’ve see the shredded tires on the side of the highway as you are traveling. You don’t want that to be your tire. Just think if you were on a road trip and this were to happen. Not good at all. 

Edmunds.com has some very good tips on keeping your eyes on your tires during warm and hot weather. Just remember if you are in need of new tires or you are still confused at what to look for you can bring your car to your local Dayton Cadillac dealer and we will be more than happy to take a look for you. 

Nothing quite lets the air out of a summer road trip like a flat tire or an accident. Changing out a flat in 90 degree heat with traffic whizzing by probably isn’t too good for “family bonding” time, what with dad cursing at the tire jack and mom trying to keep the kids from playing “Frogger” with the traffic. Neither is sliding off the highway during a sudden rainstorm. So to help prevent such scenarios, we have a few tips courtesy of tirerack.com
 

— Look ahead / Slow down / Drive around:  We’d hope that all drivers look ahead. But in addition to scanning the road for other cars, pedestrians, squirrels and what not, you should be wary of potholes. A nasty pothole could bend a wheel’s rim, causing a blowout or at the least unseen tire damage (such as a weakened sidewall) that could cause a blowout later on. Slow down if you’re closing in on one of these craters and if it’s safe to do so, drive around it. Do the same for large puddles, as they could be hiding potholes. 

 — Under Pressure:  We can’t say this enough — keep your tires aired up to the correct specifications. Too-low tire pressure decreases handling performance, hurts fuel mileage and most importantly, heats up the tire at higher speeds which could cause a dangerous blow-out. 

— Quarter versus a Penny: It’s a fact that a deeper tread provides better traction in wet-weather driving. Hydroplaning (or Aquaplaning, if you prefer) in a downpour is no fun. That’s why tirerack suggests using a quarter, rather than a penny, to measure your tire’s tread depth. Yes, that additional millimeter of tread depth can make a difference. For more information on why a quarter makes more sense than the old penny, check out this video from tirerack.com. 


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