Oftentimes, people think more about car tire maintenance in the winter than in the summer. Low temperatures cause tires to lose their pressure faster and become less pliable, which makes them more prone to damage — not to mention all that slippery snow and ice. However, summer presents its own set of dangers to car tires, which is why AAA urges drivers to keep an eye on their wheels during the sweltering summer months.
In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic says they see the most tire recalls this time of year. Why? Friction from hot roads causes pressure to build up inside the tires, increasing the chance of a blowout. However, overinflation isn’t the only danger; an underinflated tire has its own issues. Not maintaining enough pressure in the tire causes the tread to wear faster and can even affect the fuel mileage of your car.
So what should you do? First, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If your vehicle has a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, pay attention to the light if it comes on. Observe the tread wear on your tires to make sure they are wearing evenly; otherwise, it could be a symptom of alignment issues or improper inflation. Car tire maintenance may not seem critical in the summer, but it’s crucial to keeping your vehicle in top shape.