Tires that are of poor quality and that have problems are among the main causes of traffic accidents. In the UAE, summer temperatures can reach up to 50°C, which is never good for car tires. Tires may break down in the middle of a trip due to excessive heat buildup from constant contact with the harsh road. Because of this, neglecting tire care in the summer can be extremely dangerous.
By intensifying your regimen for tire care, you can lower the likelihood of an unexpected tire blowout. Today, we’ll advise on how to manage your tires during the sweltering summer and keep an eye on their condition.
- Check the treads often
- Check for blisters and bulges
- Gauge tire pressure
- Avoid extra load
- Avoid over-speeding
- Daily cleaning and maintenance
Check the Treads Often
The portion of a tire that contacts the ground is known as the tread. It is often shaped with ridges and grooves to help the tire and the car maintain grip in various weather situations.
You could essentially check the tread depth of a tire every time you get into your car without really changing your life or upsetting any of your plans. There is no need to inspect tire tread every single day, but it simply takes a quarter or the appropriate tool made for the task. Hey, we take precautions, but not excessively.
Check for Blisters and Bulges
We do mean “bubbles,” which are bulges that resemble bulbs and develop on the sidewall of the tire. For those who are unaware, the sidewall serves as the link between the wheel rim and the tread, so when bubbles develop on it, things can become messy for you. Simply put, you should be aware that sidewall damage is a bigger problem than a flat tire.
A tire is made up of several layers, each of which contains air. The air leaks directly up into the outer sections when it first begins to happen. Bulges, therefore, show up on the sidewall. These bulges are already pretty hazardous for you, and on top of that, if they rupture under pressure, they could result in a complete tire blowout, which is the absolute last thing you would want to happen.
Numerous factors, such as driving over sizable potholes or speed bumps, might cause the air to leak. Your car occasionally drives over debris that causes internal tire damage. Furthermore, air can escape to the outside sections when a vehicle is traveling at a fast speed over speed bumps. Additionally, driving with a flat tire might cause tire bubbles.
Gauge Tire Pressure
Consider purchasing a reliable, user-friendly pressure gauge. It will assist you in regularly checking your tire pressure, particularly during the heat. This extra caution is necessary since overinflated tires might suffer significant harm from humidity and heat. Similarly, underinflated tires are vulnerable to heat damage.
Accurate tire pressure gauges are also available. You can check the gauge’s accuracy by taking your car to a repair and comparing the results with yours.
Avoid Extra Load
The tires can carry more freight than a typical tire thanks to the extra load. There is a load index for each tire. It is the most weight that any given tire can support. On the sidewall of the tire, the load index is given.
Extra weight can make rolling resistance greater. Due to rolling resistance
- which makes the engine work harder,
- fuel consumption will increase,
- creates uneven tread wear,
- the tire’s edges deteriorate more quickly, and
- impact braking efficiency
Driving at high speeds increases the risk of tire blowout (also known as tire rupture) compared to driving at low speeds. In addition to the heat generated by the friction between the tire and the road, the centrifugal force the apparent force that appears to push energy outward from a body that circles around a center can also increase significantly. Long-term exposure to these circumstances will deteriorate and soften the tire rubber, increasing the likelihood of an imminent failure of the tire. When your automobile is overloaded, the tires are inflated too high, or it’s too hot outside, the issue may become worse. Stay as calm as possible and firmly grip the steering wheel with both hands. Prevent it from pulling you to one side as best you can. Keep the car moving forward.
Three things you ought to avoid doing: Avoid applying the brakes. Don’t turn the wheel of the vehicle. Keep your foot on the accelerator as well. If you feel as though you are losing control of your car, gradually increase your speed. Contrary to what common sense would suggest, traveling faster can help you regain control of your vehicle since it creates forward momentum. Remove your foot from the gas pedal very slowly once you control your car’s direction. If your vehicle has a manual transmission, remember to downshift as you slow down.
Allow the automobile to coast. Naturally, the blown tire will take care of this for you. Try your best to prevent your car from pulling to one side as it slows down.
Daily Cleaning and Maintenance
Your car’s tires may accumulate a variety of dangerous and accident-causing materials, such as road grime, tar, brake dust, and more, depending on your daily journey. Your tires will be in better condition and safer to drive if you clean and polish them more frequently.
Every time you have your automobile professionally washed or when you wash your car at home, your tires should be cleaned. Approximately every one to two weeks is the industry standard, however, this can change depending on how frequently you drive your car and the roads you frequently use. Every two to three months, all car tires should also receive a deeper cleaning and polishing using high-quality, tire-specific cleaning chemicals.