Soaring temperatures in the summer in Dubai UAE lead to many accidents on the roads due to tyre blowouts and punctures. As temperatures near the 50 degree mark here in summer, motorists need to ensure that their tyres are in the best possible condition to minimize the chances of tire blowouts.
Heat can take a heavy toll not only on the tires but also on all the other parts of the car including its air conditioning system, the suspension and on everything under the hood of the vehicle including all the belts and hoses. Ignoring maintenance of the tires can become a really costly affair, and may even prove to be fatal.
So, here are five steps you can take to make your tires summer proof:
1. Regular Tire Checks
Making regular checks on the tires on the tires is a rule that should apply not just in the summer, but in all seasons. However, it is particularly relevant in the summer as tears are more susceptible to wear and tire. Visible signs of damage like cracks, cuts and uneven wear all mean that tires may need to rotated or even be replaced. Get the tire depth checked at a reputable garage like Orange Auto in Al Quoz where the professional technicians would check the tire tread depth with a tire depth gauge and advise you as to what you need to need to do. New tires generally have a tread depth of 8 mm and the minimum legal tire depth in the UAE is 1.6 mm. Motorists should not wait to reach this stage before changing tires and are generally advised to replace tires when the tread depth decreases to 3 mm. You can also get a tire depth gauge to make regular checks and consult a mechanic for his expert opinion if you feel they need to be replaced.
2 Monthly tire pressure checks
You should check the tire pressure at least once a month. Though, the pressure in tires decreases at the rate of about two pounds of air every month, this drop increases when the external temperature is high. Tires with low pressure wear out faster and this can have a significant effect on tire safety as they affect the braking distance and handling of the vehicle. They also contribute to higher fuel consumption
Tire pressure can be easily checked with air gauges that are available at almost all petrol stations. The recommended tire pressure can be found in either the vehicle manual or on the driver’s side of the vehicle and can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. One important fact to keep in mind is that the tire pressure should only be checked at least 2 hours after the car has been driven for an accurate reading. If that is not possible, add 0.3 bar to the recommended level to allow for the fact that the tires are warm. The reading should be taken for all four tires.
3. Check the Wheel Balancing
If wheels are not properly balanced, this is reflected in the handling of the car. Balancing the wheels distributes the weight of the vehicle evenly around the full axle of the car. Even quarter of an ounce in a weight at any particular point can cause serious vibration as it places immense strain on the suspension components. Tires wear out at different and faster rates and will need to be replaced sooner.Wheel balancing should be carried out by knowledgeable experts like those at Orange Auto.
4. Check Tire Alignment
Even when wheels are properly alignment, if parts of the suspension are worn out, they can sit at improper angles and the tires may not be aligned properly. When tires are not balanced well, they can wear out very fast and this can lead to a blowout. When you think you are driving straight, but your steering is not centered, this can mean that tires need to be balanced. If you find you are veering towards one side, that can also mean that you are due to get your tires checked.
5. Keep an Eye on Vehicle Load and Suspension
Overloading vehicles creates extra strain on the tires and translates into more fuel consumption. It also adversely affects the stability and handling of the vehicle. The vehicle suspension is closely linked to the wheels and the tires. Make sure all its components including the shock absorbers are in the best possible condition to ensure a smooth, safe and comfortable ride.