Are Your Tires Ready for Summer?

The heat of summer can take a toll on your vehicle. Whether you're planning on staying local or heading to the beach, you need to make sure your vehicle's tires are ready for the road. Here are some things you should check to be sure your tires can withstand the heat. 

Tire Tread

It's important that your tires have the proper amount of tread so they can grip the pavement. Although a visual inspection or the penny trick can give you a good idea of depth, it's best to have your tires checked by a reputable technician with the appropriate tools and technology. If the tread is worn in a particular area, you may need to have your tires rotated. Doing so regularly can help your tires wear evenly, boosting gas mileage and your overall safety. Uneven wear could also mean your vehicle needs an alignment or new shocks. If the tread is significantly worn, it's time for a replacement. 

Tire pressure

Underinflated tires not only cost you money at the fuel pump, they are a safety hazard. If the tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire's surface area touches the road, which increases friction. An increase in friction can cause your tires to overheat, which can lead to premature wear, tread separation, or a blowout. Check the inflation of all four tires with a quality tire gauge when the tires are cold. To determine the proper psi, look for a manufacturer's sticker on the inside of the driver's side door or check your owner's manual. 

If you purchased your vehicle at Hometown Auto, we can take care of your service needs. Bring your car in for an inspection and our experts can check your tires for wear and safety. We have two convenient locations in High Point and Winston-Salem.