Summertime brings road trips and hot temperatures; both of which can affect the condition of your vehicle’s tires. Before you drive out-of-state for a vacation or visit West Virginia’s popular Monongahela National Forest or Summersville Lake, you must ensure your tires won’t fail at the worst possible time by following these 5 ways to keep your tires in good condition this summer:
Schedule a tire maintenance appointment with the automotive specialists of South Park Service Center before you begin your journey. Our technicians will visually inspect the condition of your tires and check the air pressure and wheel alignment to ensure your tires are ready for travel.
Replace your tires if the tread is at 2/32” or if you can see Abraham Lincoln’s head when you measure the tread depth with a penny.
Do not drive on winter or snow tires during the summer. Winter and snow tires are not manufactured to withstand the searing heat during the summer months and will wear out very quickly compared to all-season or summer tires. Additionally, studded snow tires are only permitted from November 1 to April 15 in West Virginia to avoid damage to the roadways.
Routinely check your tire’s air pressure before setting out for the day with a tire gauge. Under-inflated and overinflated tires will cause accelerated tread wear and increase the temperature of the tire as it rolls across the red hot summer pavement leading to a possible blow-out.
When you stop for gas, glance at the tires for any signs of embedded objects that may indicate air leakage or an impending flat tire. If you find that a tire is compromised, plan to have it
inspected by an automotive professional as soon as you can or you may be stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Experts have calculated that you can get an extra 50% of life out of your tires by investing in tire rotation and wheel alignment every 3,000-6,000 miles and tire balancing every 6,000-12,000 miles. At South Park Service Center, our certified mechanics will complete your vehicle’s tire servicing with a fine attention to
detail and a high level of efficiency. If you are in the Morgantown, WV, area, contact the South Park Center team today by calling (304) 292-4390. When you choose South Park Service Center, you are entrusting your vehicle to the automotive experts!