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Thursday, May 21, 2015

8 Summer Tire Care Tips

The summer season is the best time for long distance drives and road trips. But before you head on out this summer, it's important to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the long, warm drive ahead. It's especially vital to ensure that your tires are prepared. The road isn't always kind to your tires, especially after a long, cold winter. To help prepare your tires for summer, follow these important tips:

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1. Perform a Visual Inspection

Start by giving your tires a visual inspection, as this can help you find punctures, cracks, knots and other visible signs of damage. If you see any of these signs, then your tires may need to be replaced.

2. Check the inflation pressure

Maintaining proper tire pressure is important for a couple of reasons: it reduces the risk of a flat tire or blowout, and improves your vehicle's handling. In addition, a 10-degree drop in temperature can really affect your pressure, so the fluctuating weather of spring makes pre-summer pressure check all the more important.

3. Ensure Proper Wheel Balance and Alignment

Wheel balance and proper vehicle alignment are vital for the longevity of your tires, as well as vehicle performance. If your tires are imbalanced, it can cause road vibration and result in premature wear.

4. Check the Tread

You should check your tires for wear every few months, and especially after long driving trips. Heavily worn tread will prevent your tires from performing as they should, and can result in unsafe driving conditions. You can check if your tire tread is worn by performing a penny test or checking the tread wear indicator.

5. Rotate Your Tires

In addition to checking the tire pressure and tread, make sure to rotate your tires as indicated in the driver's manual. This means moving them from one wheel to another and from left to right and front to back. Rotating your tires prevents them from wearing unevenly, as they will serve in both front and rear positions. For instance, your front tires wear out on the outside because they are constantly turning corners. If you don't rotate your tires, the front tires will wear out much faster than the rest, and you will have to replace them sooner than you might otherwise have to.

6. Don't Mix Tires of Different Sizes and Types

Generally speaking, you shouldn't mix tires of different sizes and types. All your tires should match, be the same size, and be made by the same brand or company, as this allows for optimum handling and control of your vehicle.

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7. Avoid Overloading Your Vehicle

Remember that your vehicle does have a capacity limit. Overloading it places stress on your tires as well as other vehicle components, and can cause poor handling and lowered tire pressure. Check your owner's manual to determine your vehicle's capacity.

8. Don't Forget to Check Your Spare

In addition to the tires on your vehicle, be sure to check your spare and ensure that it is in good condition to be used, if need be. It's one thing to get a flat; it's another to not have a reliable spare available.

Follow these tips and you and your tires can stay cool throughout summer. If you need new tires, check out our great selection at Tires By Web today!

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