Summer Driving Tips

For many drivers, the summer months mean more miles on the road; it’s important to make sure your tires can handle the heat. Like other seasons, summer has its own driving challenges. Here are some tips to stay ahead of the game.

Air Pressure

As you probably know, your tires’ air pressure plays an important role in safety and performance. Year-round, we recommend checking your air pressure at least once a month and before long trips.

Maintaining the correct air pressure in the summer is particularly important due to the heat of the season and, of course, most long road trips are taken then. Traveling to different altitudes can also impact the pressure in your tires.

When checking your tire pressure, be sure to check it at the cold point in the day, before doing any driving. Tires heat up as they are driven, which can lead to an inaccurate reading on a tire gauge. Learn more about tire pressure’s relationship with temperature fluctuations and how to check your tire pressure.

Tread Depth

Tire tread depth plays a vital role in traction and handling, making it very important that you regularly check the tread depth of your tires. Like your tires’ air pressure, we recommend checking the tread depth once a month and before long trips.

If you don’t have a tread depth gauge, you can use the wear bar indicators that are built into most tires or even the "penny test." Learn more about the importance of your tires’ tread depth and how to check it.

Check the Spare Tire

Few things put a halt to a road trip as quickly as a flat tire with no spare to replace it. Whenever you take the time to inspect your tires' tread and check your air pressure, it is a good idea to check your spare as well.

Especially before long road trips, check the tread, air pressure, and age of your spare, to ensure it can function if you need it. Learn more about spare tire maintenance.

Vehicle Loading and Overloading

Overloading your vehicle has a similar impact on your tires as driving on underinflated tires. It can lead to poor handling response and excessive heat buildup. Excessive heat buildup can result in tire failure.

If you are loading up your vehicle for a road trip, be sure to check the manufacturer specifications for load-carrying capacity. The manufacturer information can typically be found with the tire inflation information on the driver’s door panel, in the glove box, or in the owner’s manual. Learn more about vehicle overloading.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, stop by your local Discount Tire and we'll get you taken care of.

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