Tire Maintenance for the Spring Season
Tire Maintenance for the Spring SeasonThe weather is getting warmer and with that comes a certain vehicle maintenance you need to perform. I’m speaking of the tire change, of course. If you are using winter tires right now, you simply have to change them to summer or all-season ones. In this article, we are going to review why that is important and when it is appropriate to make the change.
Since winter tires are made exclusively for use during the winter, it is only logical that they do not perform well in warm weather. Winter tires are made of softer rubber compound, which makes them perfect for the winter, however, in warmer weather, they will wear out faster. In fact, in extremely hot weather they might disintegrate, which in turn could potentially lead to severe problems. Also, winter tires perform worse when braking in warm weather. Basically stopping distance is increased if you have winter tires in the upcoming warm months. Furthermore, they will have reduced grip while you are on the road. Moreover, you might even experience an increase in slip, for instance, when cornering. The tread will wear down much faster, which results in you having to purchase new tires sooner rather than later. If you aren’t convinced that you need to change the tires, this might do the trick – you will experience reduced fuel economy.
Now, as far as the timing goes, you can keep track of the weather in your area, wait until you see that the weather temperatures are persistently warm and then make the change from winter to summer/all-season tires. Bear in mind, you will need to check when the state you live in demands change of the winter tires by law.
If you need new tires for the upcoming spring season it would be easier if you took your vehicle to an auto repair shop that sells tires, that way you won’t have to visit two places at different times.