Tyre Care Tips While Driving During Summer
Published On 23-Mar-2021 16:53:30
Are your car tyres ready for regular day-to-day trips, long highway miles with the extra weight of your luggage?
Sunny days are here again. The sun is back with scorching heat while rising mercury is all prepared to melt everything that comes its way. To counter the hot summers we hope you must have completed the purchasing/servicing of air conditioners and coolers. Similarly, to make your car summer-ready you must have performed the car servicing, but the unsung heroes that take you places may still be uninspected.
Yes, we are talking about tyres. Are your car tyres ready for regular day-to-day trips, long highway miles with the extra weight of your luggage? The car tyres are the only contact between the car and surface they are affected badly during summers. So, are your car tyres ready to face-off with the sizzling sun? To check the same, we have devised some vital details that you should ensure with your tyres before you hit the tarmac.
Also Read: How To Take Care Of Your Car Wheels
Tyre pressure during summers
The tyre inflation levels should be checked periodically and recommended pressure should always be maintained. The right tyre pressure is mentioned in the car user manual or on the sticker near the driver side door. Depending on the outside temperature the rubber and air expand and contracts, thus try not to exceed the said PSI levels.
In fact, 1-3 PSI less will also work good, as the heat generated inside the tyre along with high temperature outside can compensate for the loss. If the tyres are over-inflated there are high chances of early tread wear and even tyre explosion due to excessive internal heat generation. Check tyre pressure every week or during refills at petrol pumps.
Go for tyre change if worn
A glance at the tyre tread is a good idea before taking your car to the road this summer. Despite continuous usage, you may not come across the deterring symptoms in the tyre during winters or rainy season. However, in summers, due to heat inside and outside the tyre and tread separation may occur. It can be the pulling out of the bond between the belts and the casing. Another indication of tyre wear is the worn tread part of the tyre with little or no grooves.
There are many disadvantages of worn-out tyres including;
- Unpredictable stopping distance
- Least grip over the surface
- Unresponsive braking/handling
Regular tyre rotation
To get extract maximum from the tyre periodic rotation of the tyre is a must. This not only increases the tyre and tread life but also prevents uneven wear. The tyre rotation can be performed every 8000-10000 kilometres, or as recommended by the carmaker. The cyclic rotation of the tyres also offers smooth drivability.
Spare tyre inspection
Even the concerned car owners who examine their tyres routinely forget to check the ‘saviour’ aka spare tyre. Keep in mind it’s not four tyres that call for your glance but five, including the spare tyre. The spare tyre is of great handiness during unavoidable circumstances and prevents you from being stranded in the middle of your journey. Thus never forget the spare tyre inspection, while examining other tyres.
Check tyre valves
To maintain accurate tyre pressure the valves play an important role. The valves prevent leakage of air pressure and help you maintain the right pressure. Hence, ensure that the valves are in good condition and always have a cap on them. Many times the valve cap is lost, and we don’t take notice of it to get a new one. Remember, the valve cap not only acts in preserving pressure but also protects from water or dust seeping into the tyre.
So, if you have made up your mind to go for new tyres this summer, we recommend the below-listed summer tyres. All the tyres are sturdy and dependable enough to provide you with a problem-free drive during summers as well as the season ahead.
|Tyre Brand||Tyre Pattern||Size Range|
|Michelin||Latitude Sport 3||235/65 R17 - 295/35 R21|
|CEAT||Milaze X3||155/80 R13 - 205/65 R16|
|Apollo||Amazer XL||145/70 R12 - 195/70 R15|
|MRF||ZVTS||145/70 R12 - 185/65 R14|
|Bridgestone||B250||165/65 R13 - 195/55 R16|
|JK||UX Royale||175/65 R14 - 215/60 R17|
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