Summer is the perfect time for a road trip. You load the family into the car and hop on I-95 for a relaxing weekend out of town. A few hours down the road and you hear a pop. Your tire has blown out! You struggle to control the car as scraps of rubber fly in the road behind you.
Why did this happen? Why does summer mean more flat tires?
Pressure and Heat
Both underinflated and overinflated tires are at high risk of a blowout during the summer. That’s because of how pressure impacts tire dynamics.
Tires are full of air. When air gets hotter, it expands and creates more pressure. In fact, tires may see an increase of 2 PSI for every increase of 10o Farenheight. On an especially hot day, your tires could bear the burden of an additional 10-20 PSI. If the tires were already overinflated, that might push them to the point of bursting.
Underinflated tires are just as dangerous. Adequately inflated tires bend a little while moving. They rub against the road and produce friction (and heat). Underinflated tires create much more friction and therefore more heat. That, paired with a 100o degree asphalt road can cause a dangerous blowout.
Prevention and Preservation
Before heading out on a summer trip, drivers should take a moment to ensure the safety of their tires. Consult the car’s manual for safe limits and check the tire pressure.
Additionally, you should have your tires rotated every 6,000-8,000 miles. This will ensure even wear on your tires and prevent anyone spot from receiving more damage.
Finally, take a moment to identify potential bald spots or balding spots on your tires. If your tire looks smoother and less detailed than when you bought them, it might mean it’s time to get them replaced before disaster strikes.
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