Keeping Tires Safe During Summer Months
The temperatures are rising and kids are out of school — what better time to take a road trip? Or maybe just a trip around the corner to Adventure’s Landing, Pullen Park or the Museum of Life + Science. No matter your adventure for the day (or weekend), you want to keep you and your family safe this summer while on the road. Increased heat mixed with more miles driven at highway speeds can quickly turn dangerous if you don’t take care of your tires. But with a few simple steps and periodic servicing from a Raleigh NC mechanic, you can keep your tires running wherever the summer takes you.
Visually inspect tires regularly
As simple as it sounds, checking your tires regularly is one of the most important tire safety tips you can take. Each time you fill up for gas take time to walk around the car and check the tires. Look to see if tires appear low in air pressure. Also check for worn down tread and foreign objects, like nail punctures. If you notice any damage, have your Raleigh NC mechanic check it out as soon as possible. This is a free service by your Raleigh Mechanic at McNair Performance.
Limit loading when traveling
When loading up the car to head to the lake or go on vacation, keep in mind your vehicle’s load limits. Too much weight causes stress on the tires, which heats up the interior of your tire structure. These factors can lead to a serious blow out while driving down the road.
Check your air pressure
Always carry a tire air pressure gauge in your glove box. Periodically check your tires to make sure they’re filled to the manufacturer’s recommendation for your vehicle and tire.
Under-inflated tires are dangerous and can cause damage over time to your tires. Also be cognizant not to over fill your tires. Too much air can cause the tires to wear unevenly, which increases the need for more frequent alignments and tire replacement. Once you have the proper level of inflation, you can further prevent uneven wearing by having your tires rotated every 6,000 miles — we can do this for you at McNair Performance.
With regular maintenance like this and periodic servicing by a Raleigh NC mechanic, you can spend less time worrying about a potential tire blowout and more time enjoying your drive.