Drop It Like It’s Hot: Tire Pressure
We have officially entered summer and it is warm and beautiful outside. Well, depending on who you talk to. Some people love the heat and the sun and live for the heat. I personally am not one of these people. It’s too hot to move, eat or generally speaking exist. I don’t want to say that my apartment is hot, but 2 hobbits just emerged out of my living room with a ring (Shout out to everyone who got that reference, y’all are the real MVPs!). With this “glorious” heat there are also a few things that can happen with your car that you should be aware of.
The most common issue that comes with the change in temperature is a shift in tire pressure. It’s a good idea to monitor your tire pressure in the heat as it will increase in the heat. Typically the tire pressure will go up approximately 1lb for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. If your tire is overinflated, there is a higher likelihood that your tire will blowout. If not completely blow out, you’ll definitely wear out the tires more quickly. A tire that is over inflated shows more wear along the center width of the tire than along its edges. When your tires develop uneven tread wear, it shortens the overall life expectancy of your tire.
In addition, tires can fail during periods of excessive heat due to increased friction, high-speed driving, excessive cornering and frequent braking. During periods of very high temperatures, these things can cause the tire to heat up beyond their design ratings and lead to a blowout.
Granted, all tires are different. They all have separate ratings for temperature, tread wear, load capability and speed, so be sure to familiarize yourself with these limits. You may possibly avoid a blowout by making sure your tires are properly inflated. Under-inflated tires will run hotter than tires inflated to the manufacturer’s recommendation. In addition, under-inflated tires will result in poor gas mileage. You can reduce the risk of blowouts by slowing down on the highway and taking curves or corners more gently. Excessive heat can cause badly worn or old tires to fail even in careful driving.
Keep track of your tires this summer friends. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I recommend keeping a tire pressure gauge in your car at all times. There are 3 kinds to choose from: Digital, Stick, and Dial. I prefer the dial tire pressure gauge as I don’t have to worry about technological malfunctions, but everyone has their own preference. Stay safe, and keep cool friends! It’s shaping up to be a very hot summer!