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Summer Car Preparation: The Pressure is On

Summer is here and you’re just itchin’ to take a long road trip, but before you do, make sure your car is prepared. The last thing you want on your road trip is to be stuck on the side of the road with a flat tire. Here are some tips for ensuring your tires are prepared for that long summer vacation.

Check your tire pressure on all of your tires, including the spare. You should make sure the tires are filled to the correct tire pressure that your vehicle manufacturer suggests. You can find the recommended pressure in one of several places inside your car; try the inside of the driver’s door, the glove compartment or the owner’s manual. Be sure that you fill to the “recommended” pressure, not the “maximum” pressure.

Why is it important to check your tires before heading out? Maybe you checked them just a few weeks ago, but remember tire pressure will increase as the outside air temperature rises. Tire pressure can actually go up one pound per every 10 degrees Fahrenheit – so you can imagine the difference over only a few weeks of increasing summer temperatures.

You also want to be sure to check your tire pressure before you start driving. As you drive, you create friction between the tire and the road. The friction creates heat which can make the pressure increase; if you check your pressure after you have been driving for hours, the reading will be much higher and not an accurate portrayal of your tire pressure.

In addition to increasing the risk of a flat tire, improper tire pressure can also affect the way your car drives and brakes and put you and your family at risk for an accident. Don’t risk it, follow these tips and hit the road safely!