Seasonal changes are arguably the biggest threat to your lives, simply by being detrimental to your car tires. Your car tires can save you in the face of an accident. In extreme weather conditions such as rain, or snow, roads tend to become very hostile for vehicles.
Thus, accelerating with bad tires when driving conditions are vulnerable puts you at risk of a fatal accident. This is why, it is most important to inspect your tires during harsh weather conditions, especially in the scorching heat.
High Temperature Impact on Tires
The damaging heat coming to tires is mainly entering from two sources, the first is friction due the rubbing of the tires against the surface every time you brake, and the second is the hot temperatures surrounding the tires.
You have to keep in mind that your car wheels are essentially rubber component and rubber is extremely responsive to high temperatures. Some parts of the US can encompass temperatures that are unbearably hot. In places where temperatures can rise to excruciatingly hot levels, it is recommended to get them replaced after five years.
The reason for that is that the tire is no longer going to be pliable enough to handle the heat and this will result in easy damage to the tire treads. Damaged treads ultimately means that you tires are compromises and will have decreased grip.
Deteriorating tires will result in the decrease of braking distance, which can be incredibly dangerous and cause a potential collision. For this reason, inspection is essential during seasonal shifts from cold weather to warm weather.
Checking for low tire air pressure is very standard and easy. All you have to do is use helpful tools such as a tire pressure gauge and check whether your tires air pressure falls around the recommended PSI. You can then wither deflate, or inflate the tire according to the recommended psi level.
Nevertheless, the more important tire inspection is tire treads. This is because most people are not aware that as their tires wear, their car loses performance in certain areas that are crucial for preventing accidents, such as braking speed.
The easiest way to test your tires for tread is to use a quarter. You have to use the quarter as a measuring tool for the tread depth. Treads are basically the grooves and designs on top of the wheels that provide the tire with grip.
To check the conditions of the treads, you have to insert the quarter upside down into the treads, and if you are able to see the top of George Washington’s head, then this is not a good sign, and a signal for tire replacement. New tires with good treads will cut George Washington’s head and you will not be able to see the top of his head.
With seasonal changes getting extreme throughout the year, you cannot afford to ignore your tire’s conditions. Staying on top of them can be life saving.