It’s easy to forget about car maintenance in the summer. There are other things on your mind, like packing for vacation, finding someone to watch the kids while you’re at work, and that family cookout coming up in a week or two. But while winter can be tough on your wheels, summer tire maintenance is just as crucial.
It’s basic science: while cold temperatures make tires lose pressure faster, hot temperatures cause tires to expand, which makes them more likely to blow. This is exacerbated by the constant friction of tires on hot pavement.
As a result, drivers should make an effort to check their tires on a monthly basis and make sure their tires are properly inflated to the recommended pressure — no more and no less. An underinflated tire is also at risk of blowing out, as the lack of air puts too much pressure on the sidewalls. Additionally, if you notice a particular tire may be underinflated more often, it could indicate a leak or puncture.
Other summer tire maintenance includes keeping an eye on your tread. Tread that is uneven or too worn can indicate that it’s time to get your tires realigned or even replaced completely. You should also keep a spare in your vehicle at all times just as a backup plan.