The cold season is almost over, and that means the warm season comes next. With this time of year comes vacations, fun in the sun, and travels to summer hotspots. Unfortunately, the extreme summer heat can be bad for tires, especially underinflated ones. When it gets really warm, driving on underinflated tires can lead to overheating and increase the chances of them bursting. To help you avoid a tire blowout and car accident when summer arrives, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
Keep to your tire manufacturer's recommended air pressure
Find out what the optimal pressure for your tires is. You'll usually find this info on a sticker located on the front driver's side door jamb. You can also ask your tire supplier for the information, or visit your manufacturer's website. Keep a tire gauge handy so you can check it regularly, and make sure to check the pressure at least once a week
. Whenever you see the level go under or over what's recommended, adjust as necessary.
Rotate your tires
Tires can wear with use, and uneven tire wear is a gateway to tire blowouts. Prevent your tires from wearing unevenly with regular tire rotations. Ideally, you should rotate your tires every 10,000 kms
, but tire technology has improved immensely over the years that some may even recommend longer intervals. Check with your tire manufacturer for specific rotation recommendations.
Replace old tires ASAP
When was the last time you replaced your tires? If it's been three to four years, it may be time to finally buy a new set, as older tires are far likelier to blowouts in the heat of summer
Watch your speed
It is not advisable to drive aggressively any time of year. We all know how bad Philippine roads can get, so always drive with care, avoid speeding, don't slam on the brakes, and avoid potholes as much as you can
. Good driving practices can help prevent damage and prolong the lifespan of your tires.