Summer might be the ideal time to get out and about and to enjoy a road trip or a motorway journey to visit friends, but it is also the worst time of year to break down. If you suffer a mechanical failure or a blowout on one of your car’s tyres, then you can be left in the baking heat with a vehicle full of belongings waiting to be rescued by a recovery service. This is not many people’s idea of enjoying the summer, especially if they have kids in the car with them. What should you check before you travel to make sure your tyres are safe to drive on?
Worn tread on a tyre
The tread on your car’s tyres provides traction when you are pulling away. It also helps you to brake properly. If it is worn down, you won’t have the same level of control as when it is fresh. That’s the case even if it hasn’t dropped below the legal limit. What’s more, tread is needed to disperse any water on the road from spillages or from a sudden downpour to ensure you maintain proper grip. Have your tyres inspected by a professional or buy a tyre tread depth gauge and do it yourself.
Running on flat tyres means that your fuel economy gets worse and worse. The flatter a tyre gets the more energy it takes from the engine to turn the wheel so you end up spending more money on petrol for every mile you drive. Moreover, partially flat tyres sit on the road in an incorrect manner which makes them less safe to drive on. When you corner on a flat tyre, the motion of the car makes the tyre slew out to one side which means you could lose control and even spin out across to the other side of the road. Pump up your tyres to the car maker’s recommended level.
Sunlight can damage tyres over time. If you are on a holiday during the summer, then your tyres might see more ultraviolet rays than you’d otherwise expect. If they start to degrade the rubber compound on your car’s tyres, then you will notice things like bulges in the tyres’ sidewalls. You might not suffer a blowout immediately, but you should change your tyres as soon as possible no matter where you are in the country and not wait until you return home. Reserve the sort of tyres you want online to save time when you turn up at the nearest tyre dealership. For example, in Bognor Regis tyres from Point S can be booked online with just a few simple steps. Don’t ignore tyre bulges which mean a total failure is just around the corner even if you are away from home!
Inspect your tyres for any sharp objects that might be sticking into them. Twigs, nails and flint can all become lodged into tyres, especially if you are driving over un-tarmacked country car parks or farmers’ tracks. Remove anything that has become lodged in the tyre tread before it works its way into the rubber.