Summer tire care is essential for those who want to reduce wear, extend tire life, and improve fuel economy. Tire pressure changes based on a range of factors, including temperature. That’s why it’s especially important to check your tires when the seasons change, as summer months tend to affect tires significantly.
Check Your Pressure
According to Michelin, tire pressure increases 1 psi with every 10-degree increase in temperature (and vice versa in cold weather). That means that if you haven’t checked your tires since the winter, or perhaps earlier, your tires could be over-inflated. Naturally, tires can lose pressure over time from sheer use, so be sure to check pressure if you haven’t already.
Check Your Treads
What else can you do? It’s also a good time to do a visual inspection. Look for any uneven wear, cracking, or bulges—these can all indicate that you may need new tires. You can also test the tread by flipping a penny upside down and placing it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you should replace the tires.
As you’re checking the tire pressure and tread, it’s also an opportunity to remove any debris or stones that may be stuck in the tread. You can also have a professional rotate the tires to more equally distribute the wear.
If you want to be truly positive that your tires are ready to meet to road, there’s no better way than to bring your vehicle into Gossett Hyundai South for a professional inspection.