Tyre maintenance: 3 common mistakes to avoid during summer

It’s inevitable; we drive our vehicles through the heat-stricken and long stretched roads of Dubai while stopping on a sign right over steaming asphalt. Surely, vehicle tyres are put to the ultimate test during summer and in heat of the moment, we usually overlook taking good care of them. If you’re facing the same situation, here’s a list of most common mistakes when it comes to maintenance of tyres in Dubai.

1.      Driving with below-the-mark tyre tread
Vehicle safety law states that tyres in Dubai for passenger vehicle and light trucks (SUVs) must be replaced when tread depth on summer tyre reaches 2/32 per inch or 1.5 millimetres. This is actually the bare minimum before the tread depth is deemed as bald. In real situation, even driving at this tread rate compromises safety to a certain extent!

In fact, manufacturers recommend replacing the tyres when tread depth reaches 4 millimetres for optimal handling and reducing the risk of imminent blowout while driving. Safety risk for both vehicle and driver increases when tread depth falls below the manufacturer’s recommendation.

2.      Driving with under or overinflated tyres
While most of the drivers are on top of things, especially tyre pressure during winter when cold atmosphere causes deflation, situation is totally contradicting in summer. Besides just the temperature, our vehicles experience a lot more road rush and with heavier load during summer season, being extra careful over tyre maintenance is highly recommended. This involves constant checking of the air pressure and perform routine maintenance to prevent a certain, unexpected accident.

Carefully look for manufacturer’s recommended air pressure of the vehicle which differs with every make and model. The air pressure is mentioned on side door or owner’s manual. Do check after every two days, especially after a long road trip to ensure safety and long-term maintenance of the tyres in Dubai during extreme heat. Still, if you’ve got a few tricks and road trips up ahead in summer season, here’s what you should do;

“Increase tyre pressure by 10-15 percent for a fully loaded car. When checking the pressure, make sure the tyres are cold and avoid checking immediately after driving; at least for two to three hours.”

3.      Driving with winter tyres during summer
This is perhaps the silliest mistakes of all yet most drivers make it frequently! It’s surprising how drivers tend to drive down their cars on winter tyres during the months between May and August; the peak summer season. Some of these drivers even stretch their budget thinking that it’s safer whereas others simply ignore the facts.

Whatever the reason, if you’re driving without all-weather tyres in Dubai, it’s risky and dangerous in the long run. This is because winter-specific tyres are made with rubber compound especially designed for the purpose that stays soft and provide additional traction on cold and slippery surface. During summer, wet grip of the winter tyres is nowhere near the safety level.

Conclusion

Healthy and well-maintained tyres are crucial to overall safety of yourself and the vehicle. All you need is to understand the basic factors as listed above.
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