Spring and road trips – they go hand in hand. The spring season is just around the corner, and now is a great time to plan a road adventure with your friends and family.
Not all road trips in spring are exciting, though. The sunny and warm springtime also means rainfall and potholes, both of which can have adverse effects on the performance of your tires. So, if you have planned to hit the highways this spring break, you should ensure that your car tires can keep up with the muddy and slippery road conditions that come courtesy of spring.
In order to make the journey more thrilling for you, here are three helpful spring tire maintenance tips you need to take off your checklist before heading out on the roads.
Inflate tires to the right pressure
Everybody knows that correct pressures in tires can improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle. But, not a lot of people acknowledge that rightly inflated tires are also vital for road safety. Underinflated tires can have an effect on the vehicle’s performance (handling, cornering, acceleration, braking and wet grip), which can put your safety at high risks. Apart from increasing efficiency and safety, perfectly inflated tires can also lessen the wear and tear on the tire treads, prolonging their life. In order to ensure that your tires are inflated to the right pressure, it’s recommended to check the pressure in all four tires periodically.
Inspect your tire treads
Natural wear and tear can make the tire treads shallow, which could hinder their ability to dislodge water on the road surface. This could further lead to compressed traction and a notable drop in vehicle’s braking potential and road grip. Conduct routine tread inspections to make sure there are no bald spots or inconsiderable depth in your treads. You may want to consider taking your vehicle to an expert mechanic, in case of extreme damage on the treads.
Rotate your tires
Rotating tires involves setting them in motion from one wheel to another in all courses. Rotating tires is necessary to ensure a reliable and smooth drive. Tires undergo irregular wear every now and then. This could decrease their life, create an imbalance and also impair the wheel alignment – which could cost you a significant amount of time and money.
While you can do as much as you can to get the best out of your tires while traveling, there’s no getting away from the fact that tires are inclined to break over time. Sadly, no set of tires can last you a lifetime, but, you can ensure that they don’t collapse needlessly. With the above-mentioned pointers, you can avoid the cost of costly repairs and replacements, and ensure a safe, smooth, and fun road trip this spring.