Tire Tips and Tricks for Safe Summer Travel
My favourite season is summer because I get to spend lots of one on one time with my family. Of course, spending time together often means heading out on road trips. Before I will take my family on the road, there are some things we need to do to get prepared. One major thing on our “to do” list is to get our vehicle up to par.
This year, we plan to get on the road to discover more of our beautiful province of Ontario and to explore more of Michigan too. If we’re lucky, we’ll make it out to Ohio or Chicago and beyond. We usually load up the car, pack our luggage, cooler and all the essentials and hit the road.
This summer, I’ve partnered with Hankook to try out their tires, the Hankook Optimo H426. We’ve taken a road trip to Sherkston Shores and all throughout our city just to test them out. Knowing that I had reliable tires gave me peace of mind to hit the road.
But, there can’t be a road trip, if your car is not safe. To me, one of the most important parts of a vehicle is the tires. Besides maintaining your vehicle and making sure it’s in running order, making sure the tires are up to snuff is essential.
Here are a few tire tips and tricks from Hankook Tire Canada’s very own auto expert Darryl Gray for safe summer travel.
You Need the Right Tires.
To some of us, this sounds crazy. There are different tires for different seasons? YES! If you live in a snow-covered area, you need winter tires. Live in an area where you have hot summers? You need summer tires! Make sure you have the right set of tires on your vehicle before you head anywhere.
Summer tires are going to have a different tread pattern, so keep this in mind as you choose the right tires for your summer adventures. Winter tire compound is meant to ensure tires remain pliable in the cold and summer tires are meant to stay firm in the summer heat.
Make sure to swap out your winter tires for summer tires once the temperature reaches 7℃ on a consistent basis. In the case that you don’t, it can impact your driving performance and actually degrade your winter tires faster, costing you even more performance and money in the long run!
Proper Tires Help Save You Money.
Okay, I didn’t realize how much summer tires can help you stay safe and save you money. When you have the right summer tires on your vehicle, you’re going to have better fuel efficiency. Plus, having summer and winter tires means your tires will last even longer!
Simply by having separate sets of tires for each season means they will last twice as long and I’m totally down with that. One of the best parts besides keeping more cash in your wallet is that summer tires are much quieter in warm weather. Making those long summer road trips more enjoyable!
Tires Shouldn’t be Neglected.
If you’re going to head on a road trip this summer, don’t neglect those tires. In fact, your tires are the most important part of your vehicle. They are what will keep you going. Keep in mind that everything will work against you and your tires. For example – heat will cause your tires to have low inflation. Doing small things like checking your tire pressure can help the life of your tires go further.
Every 5% reduction in tire pressure affects rolling resistance and tire wear. Check your air pressure and rotate your tires regularly – every 10,000 km rather than annually – to ensure optimal performance.
Know When Your Tires Have Had Their Run.
One of the things that my dad taught me growing up was to check my tires. Not only the pressure but, the tread. The best time to get a new set of tires is when there is 2/32” tread depth remaining–the deeper the tread, the better the performance.
As tires wear down so do the traction, control, handling, fuel efficiency, wet weather traction and braking distance so make sure you’re checking them regularly.
Buy the Right Tires.
I’m a huge believer in investing in things that have a direct effect on safety. That means, not cutting corners and not trying to save a little money when it comes to tires. They’re the only thing between you and the road. What you should do, is look for the best overall value – the cheapest generally isn’t the best value, and neither is the most expensive.
Talk to an Expert!
Something else you should know about choosing tires for your summer road trip is talking to an expert is paramount. Trying to save money on tires is one thing, but always talk to an expert about the RIGHT tires that go on your vehicle. It’s never worth trying to skip an expert’s opinion on tires.
This summer, before you hit the road, make sure you have the proper tires on your vehicle. After using them for our first summer road trip in the Niagara region, the only tires I trust for summer are Hankook Tires. They got us to and from our destination seamlessly and the ride was nice and smooth.
Getting your tires summer and winter ready can be a chore, but it is so important to do. We are glad that our road trips this summer are not only going to be fun but, safe.
Do you plan to hit the road this summer?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.