Dubai’s unbearable weather conditions have led to numerous road accidents, especially in summer when temperatures reach 50-degrees, motorists must take precautions and always ensure that their tyres are in the best possible condition. Heat places a heavy burden on not only the tyres but also on all other parts of the car. The air conditioning, suspension and numerous other parts under the hood. Therefore, maintenance is crucial and forgetting about it could have grave consequences. How can you minimize the risk of accidents or injury? There’re five essential steps to always keep in mind:
1. Regular Tire Checks
Making regular checks on your tyres is vital, not only during summer but all year round. However, in summer they’re more vulnerable to cracks, cuts and other damages. Cracks and cuts implies that tires may need to rotate or even be replaced. Get the tire depth checked at a reputable garage like Orange Auto in Al Quoz where the professional technicians will check the tire tread depth and advise you on what needs to be done. New tires typically have a tread depth of 8mm and the minimum legal tire depth in the UAE is 1.6mm. Motorists should avoid reaching this stage as it could pose risks of accidents and it is advised that you get your tires changed once it reaches a depth of 3mm.
2. Monthly Tire Pressure Checks
Tire pressure decreases at a rate of about two pounds of air every month, but in the extreme heat of Dubai, this rate increases and could become a problem as low tire pressure affects breaking distance and handling of the vehicle. Additionally, tires with lower pressure wear out faster and contribute to higher fuel consumption. Tire pressure can be easily checked with air gauges available at most petrol stations. The recommended tire pressure can be found in the vehicle manual or on the driver’s side of the vehicle and these can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. An important thing to remember is that, tires should be checked 2 hours after the car has been driver, otherwise add 0.3 bars to the recommended level to acquire an accurate reading (The reading should be taken for all four tires).
3. Check the Wheel Balancing
Wheel balancing affects the handling of the car if they aren’t properly balanced. By balancing the wheels, the car’s weight is even distributed, however even if it is even a quarter of an ounce off, it could result in serious vibrations and strain on the suspension components. Wheel balancing should always be carried out by a knowledgeable and skilled staff like those at Orange Auto.
4. Check Tire Alignment
Occasionally, some parts of the suspension may be worn out even with the wheels being properly aligned, they sit at improper angles and cause the tires to be unaligned. When your tires aren’t aligned properly, blowouts can occur and this poses a serious risk to you and other drivers. If you think you’re driving straight and your steering isn’t centered, your tires need to be balanced. Also, if you happen to be veering towards one side your tires need inspection
5. Keep an Eye on Vehicle Load Suspension
Overloading your vehicle causes extra strain on tires and leads to more fuel consumption and effects the stability and handling of the vehicle. You have to ensure that all its components, including shock absorbers, are in the best possible condition to ensure safe and smooth driving.