With Memorial Day passed and National Tire Safety Week this month, it is safe to say that the summer travel season is in full effect. With the weather heating up, it is especially important to make sure that your tires are properly inflated and well-maintained.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that from 2010 to 2014 there were more than 100,000 injured motorists and nearly 5,000 deaths due to accidents caused by problem tires. Tires that are older and more worn are far more susceptible to the stress and heat of the summer weather and can quickly cause an accident if one blows while you are traveling on the highway or interstate. Here are some tire maintenance tips to get you ready for summer travel:
Have your tires rotated: It is recommended that you have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. When you are traveling your car is never riding on all four tires with the exact same amount of connection. In other words, your rear tires will ride lower and with more connection to the pavement if the trunk is full or, if you are towing something. When you have your tires rotated on a regular basis you help to force all of the tires to wear more evenly and at the same rate.
New tires go to the back: When you purchase new tires it is always better to buy four at a time. However, if you can only purchase two then put the new tires on the back axles. This helps you to keep better control of your car during an unexpected summer storm when the road is wet. Regardless of whether your car is all-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or front-wheel drive you will always lose traction in the rear of the vehicle first.
Maintain the pressure: Your car has a manufacturer’s recommendation for tire pressure. Make sure that you keep your tires at this recommended pressure at all times, especially before leaving for a long road trip.
Traveling during the summer months can be a beautiful and relaxing time. But, if you have an accident because of poorly maintained tires, your relaxation will quickly be destroyed. Follow these maintenance tips for keeping your tires well kept.