Italian tire giant Pirelli, before the upcoming holiday holiday safety and fuel-saving reminders to drivers. In particular, the wrong air pressure in the tires, reduced tread depth, due to the tires are very worn and hardened cracks in the base block, the tire falling into the pit or pavement (called the balloon or nuts among the people) is the danger of driving safety is compromised. The use of winter tires that are not suitable for the summer season at temperatures of + 7 and above increases the fuel consumption considerably.
As the Eid al-Adha falls in August this year, thousands of people are preparing to embark on the road for holidays and holidays. Due to the summer months of the holiday, drivers are awaiting a challenging journey with heavy traffic and hot weather. For a safe journey, taking into account the conditions of the summer season, it is very important to carry out the necessary tire checks.
Air pressure, tread depth, absence of cracks or balloons in the tire, suitable for the season are the main points that should be considered for tires which have single connection with the road and are exposed to heavy loads and wear on long journeys.
Invisible damage jeopardizes driving safety
Especially small cuts on the tires, balloons or cracks on the sidewall can be extremely dangerous under heavy load conditions. Striking or rubbing against pavements, bumps and other obstacles can cause invisible damage to the inside of the tires. Cracked and ballooned tires can cause accidents and wear along with hours of travel.
In such cases, your tires must be checked by a specialist. Damage to the tire structure (such as a prominent protrusion on the sidewall, height or balloon) is unsuitable for driving safety and requires replacement of the tire.
Wear on your tires can invite accidents
Another issue to be considered during the journey is the tread depth of the tires. Wear on your tires should be measured at different locations along the width and circumference, instead of a single point, and abnormal wear that may be caused by incorrect adjustment or pressure levels.
If you are on a long journey and the wear on your tires is high, replacing the tires is very important. In addition, the reduction of the tread depth of the tires can invite accidents. Even if the tread depth is not below the legal limit, sometimes the wear on your tires can be serious. This can lead to longer stopping distances in the event of a bad weather or summer rain, which can result in aquaplaning, resulting in loss of vehicle control.
How to check the pressure of your tires?
Another thing to do before you go on a journey is to check the air pressure of your tires. However, this check must be carried out when the tires are still cold before setting off. Because, because of the journey, the vehicles are loaded and the weather is at the highest temperature during these periods, the tires overheat with friction and changes in the air pressure after a few km. The air pressure of your tires must be within the values recommended by the car manufacturer, taking into account the load conditions. These values can also be found on the inside of the door, inside the fuel cap, or on the stickers in the glovebox as given in the user manual. In addition, if you have a spare wheel to be used in any unfavorable situation, you should remember it and keep it ready at the highest recommended pressure.
Do not use winter tires in summer
Winter tires used at temperatures of +7 degrees and above are also very important disadvantages in safety and fuel consumption. We continue to use winter tires in summer; security means we sacrifice economy and comfort. In the tests carried out by ADAC - General German Automobile Club, it was announced that the use of winter tires in the summer season increased the stopping distances by 44 percent.
Once all the necessary processes for your tires have been completed, the most important task is to check the level of liquids, such as water, oil and wiper water, and complete them if they are missing. Then, remember to check all headlights and bulbs without exception, including brake lights and license plate frame lights.