How to Keep Your Tires in Good Condition for Summer Driving
Summer is here in Cambridge, and that means hot weather and long road trips. If you’re planning on doing any driving this summer, it’s important to make sure your tires are in good condition. Too much tire pressure, or excessively worn treads can lead to blowouts at high speeds, and will put a real damper on your summer road trips. Stay prepared with proper tire maintenance with Cambridge Centre Honda.
The Dangers of Under Inflated Tires
High temperatures can cause tire pressure to increase, which can lead to a number of problems. For example, underinflated tires can cause your car to handle poorly, which can increase your risk of an accident. Overinflated tires can also be dangerous, as they can increase the risk of a tire blowout.
What’s the Best Tire Pressure for Summer Driving?
So, what’s the best tire pressure for summer driving? It depends on your vehicle’s make, model, and load rating. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual or on a sticker inside the driver’s door.
In general, the best tire pressure for summer driving is between 30 and 35 psi. However, if you live in an area with extreme temperatures, you may need to adjust your tire pressure accordingly, by slightly lowering your PSI to account for the heat-related air expansion inside your tires.
How to Check Your Tire Pressure
It’s a good idea to check your tire pressure every month, or more often if you drive in hot weather or on rough roads. You can check your tire pressure with a simple tire pressure gauge, available at many auto stores around Cambridge.
To check your tire pressure, park your car on a level surface and wait at least 30 minutes after driving. Then, locate the tire pressure valve stems on each tire and remove the dust caps. Insert the tire pressure gauge into the valve stem and read the pressure reading.
If the pressure is too low, add air until it reaches the recommended level. If the pressure is too high, release air until it reaches the recommended level.
Additional Tips for Keeping Your Tires in Good Condition
- Avoid parking in direct sunlight.
- Rotate your tires every 10,000-13,000 kilometers.
- Have your tires inspected by a qualified mechanic at least once a year.
Tire Service at Cambridge Centre Honda
Be prepared for every summer road trip with the tire and service experts at Cambridge Centre Honda. If you have tire-related questions, or general maintenance concerns, get in touch with our Cambridge Service Department. Book your tire or maintenance appointment today.