Top 10 tyre tips to keep you safe this summer

10 tyre tips

Summer is finally here, and with the warm weather comes the urge to hit the road and embark on exciting adventures. Whether planning a road trip to the beach or a scenic drive through the countryside, it’s essential to ensure that your car is in perfect condition, particularly your tyres. Neglecting tyre maintenance can lead to increased risks on the road, including blowouts and accidents. To help you stay safe and enjoy a smooth summer journey, we’ve compiled our top 10 summer driving tips with a special focus on keeping your tyres in check.

1. Regularly inspect and maintain your tyres

Just as winter weather can impact your tyres’ condition, the summer also brings challenges. Hot weather causes the air inside your tyres to expand, potentially leading to a blowout. To avoid this, it’s crucial to regularly inspect and maintain your tyres throughout the summer. Check for any signs of cracking in the sidewalls and ensure the tread depth is within the legal limit. Additionally, inflate your tyres to the recommended pressure, as stated in your vehicle’s handbook or advised by your trusted garage.

2. Monitor tyre pressure and inflate correctly

Inflating your tyres to the correct pressure is essential for optimal performance and safety. Hot weather can cause the air inside your tyres to expand, leading to overinflation. This can affect your car’s handling and increase the risk of a blowout. Regularly check your tyre pressure using a reliable gauge and inflate them to the recommended level. Consult your vehicle’s handbook for the appropriate tyre pressure specifications.

3. Check your tyre tread depth

Proper tyre tread depth is crucial for maintaining traction and grip, especially when roads become hot and slippery in the summer. Check the tread depth regularly and ensure it meets the legal limit of at least 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre’s width. If your tyres are worn beyond this limit, it’s time to replace them to ensure your safety on the road.

4. Rotate your tyres

Rotating your tyres regularly can help ensure even wear and prolong their lifespan. Tyres on the front axle tend to wear differently than those on the rear axle due to variations in weight distribution and steering forces. By rotating your tyres every 5,000 to 7,000 miles, you can promote even tread wear and extend the life of your tyres.

5. Be mindful of overloading

Summer trips often involve packing your car with luggage, camping gear or even towing a caravan or trailer. It’s important to keep your vehicle within its designated carrying capacity. Overloading can strain your tyres and other vehicle components, increasing the risk of tyre failure and compromising your safety on the road. Check your vehicle’s maximum load capacity and evenly distribute weight to maintain stability and reduce tyre wear.

6. Stay alert for signs of wear and damage

Regularly inspect your tyres for wear, bulges, cuts, or other damage. High temperatures can accelerate the deterioration of tyres, making it even more crucial to be vigilant. If you notice any abnormalities, it’s best to have them inspected by specialist tyre fitters who can provide expert advice and recommend appropriate actions, such as repair or replacement.

7. Avoid excessive speed and sudden manoeuvres

Summer often brings clear roads and the temptation to speed up and enjoy the thrill of driving. However, excessive speed can significantly increase the risk of accidents, especially if your tyres are not in optimal condition. Driving at high speeds generates more heat in your tyres, which can lead to tyre failure. Additionally, sudden manoeuvres, such as sharp turns or abrupt braking, can put unnecessary stress on your tyres. Practice defensive driving and maintain a safe and consistent speed to ensure the longevity and safety of your tyres.

8. Be prepared for changing weather conditions

While summer is generally associated with warm and dry weather, unexpected rain showers or storms can occur. It’s essential to be prepared for changing weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly. There have been too many sudden downpours this summer, and wet roads can reduce tyre traction, increasing the likelihood of skidding or hydroplaning. Ensure your tyres have adequate tread depth to effectively disperse water and maintain grip on wet surfaces. Adjust your driving speed to match the road conditions and keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

9. Maintain proper wheel alignment and balancing

Proper wheel alignment and balancing are essential for optimal tyre performance and longevity. Misaligned wheels can cause uneven tyre wear and affect the handling and stability of your vehicle. Additionally, unbalanced wheels can lead to vibrations and discomfort while driving. Regularly schedule wheel alignments and balancing to ensure your tyres wear evenly and provide a smooth and safe driving experience.

10. Seek professional tyre services

If you’re unsure about the condition of your tyres or need expert advice, it’s always best to consult a professional tyre service provider. At Arrow Tyres, we will give you an honest opinion on the condition of your tyres following a quick inspection. Should any action be required, we will recommend, quote and provide you with a first-class service at all times. We undertake tyre repairs, replacements, and wheel alignments. Regular visits to a reputable tyre service centre will ensure optimal performance and tyre safety throughout the summer and beyond.

By following these top 10 summer driving tips and prioritising tyre maintenance, you can enjoy a safe and worry-free journey during the summer months. Remember to regularly inspect your tyres, maintain proper tyre pressure, and stay mindful of changing weather conditions. Your tyres are crucial in keeping you safe on the road, so ensure they are checked before embarking on your summer adventures. Pop in to our Newhaven garage, contact us or call us on 01273 515128.

Additional Information:

· It’s recommended to have your tyres professionally inspected and rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles or as recommended by your tyre manufacturer.

· If you’re planning to tow a caravan or trailer, ensure that your tyres are suitable for the additional load and consult with a professional to determine the appropriate tyre pressure and load capacity.

Remember, your safety is paramount, and proper tyre maintenance is key. 

Stay vigilant, stay safe, and enjoy your summer drives to the fullest!