Summer road trips are arguably the best time of the year after dealing with the frigid winter temperatures and the rainy, unpredictable spring days. Who doesn’t like to hit the open road with a packed car and excited kids in the backseat? Preparing for a family vacation means more than picking a destination location, reserving a hotel, and filling your van. It also includes ensuring your vehicle is ready to haul your family and belongings all those miles. You will want to have the oil changed, fluids checked, and worn wiper blades replaced. One more area on your vehicle that you will need to address is your tires. They will take much abuse on the hot asphalt; therefore, before you leave Calgary, be sure to make any necessary tire repairs.
3 Items that Affect the Wear of Your Tires
You don’t want to be left stranded on the side of the road because of a flat or blown tire. Instead, repair or replace your tires in a timely manner. Here are three things that affect the wear and safety of your tires:
- Air Pressure: Under-inflated tires will cost you money at the gas pump. Your tires will lose air pressure naturally due to the porous nature of rubber. When left unchecked, your car will have to struggle harder to get you down the road, resulting in poor fuel economy. You can’t go ‘old school’ and depend on the look of your wheels to indicate when they are low. Today’s tires are engineered not to deform unless they are dangerously low on air. Check your tire pressure when they are cold. If low, add air to the manufacturer’s specifications located in the door frame of the driver’s door, doorpost, inside your gas filler door, or under your hood.
- Lack of Tire Rotation: Tires wear in specific patterns when left in the same position for very long. The uneven wear affects driveability, including ride comfort and handling. You can prevent the effects of uneven wear by regularly rotating your wheels every 8,000 kilometers. Some new tires come with warranties that require tire rotations at specific intervals. It’s easy to keep up on a schedule when you have it done every time you have your oil changed.
- Poor Alignment: You might be a careful driver, but you may not miss every pothole. Even normal wear and tear will put your front end out of alignment. When your back end doesn’t line up with your front end, the rubber will “scrub” your tires from the drag and friction. The constant pulling to one side of the road will affect your fuel economy.
Don’t Hit the Road Until You Visit Your Tire Repair Shop
Enjoy your vacation fully when you get your Calgary mobile tire repair shop to quickly fix or replace your wheels before you leave. When you’re pressed for time, our team at TireForce will come to you and provide the service you need to ensure your tires are ready for the long haul. Save time when you contact us today!
Call us at 833-446-8473 or book an appointment online for all your mobile tire repair, mobile tire service, and mobile tire sales needs.