Saturday, April 13, 2013

Safe summer roads trips with dependable Michelin

Have a safe summer road trip with Michelin

It's summer once again and lots of motorists will be heading out to take those road trips to their summer destinations, and that extra long drive into unfamiliar terrain call for the checking of your tires.  Now more than ever, we would want to prevent unwanted car problems and most of all terrible accidents.  And with do make sure you have your tires checked out before taking that journey.  Here are some signs that you need to change your tires.

When your tire has a puncture.  This is the most urgent time to change your tires. Punctured tires can immediately be spotted as this kind of damage causes the tire pressure to drop rapidly. This is quite dangerous when you are on the move and tires should be changed as soon as possible. If you're on the road, park the car on the side of the road in a safe place and change your tire with your spare. There is no compromise on this.

Worn Tire Treads.  Tire treads provide the traction between the car and the road which helps prevent the vehicles from slipping out of control. Tire treads are also a good indicator of when you should change your tires. If your tire treads are worn, they should be changed immediately. Or else you stand the chance of careening on the highway, especially if the road is wet.

Sidewall Damage.  The sidewall, as the name implies, is the side of the car tires -- the part of the tire you see when you're looking at your car from the side. Sidewall damage usually happens when you hit a curb during a turn, or when your tire hits a hard solid or sharp object that can damage the sidewall. When the sidewall is damaged, lumps can develop on your tires which may eventually lead to a tire blowout if they don't get changed right away. So heed the first sign of trouble, which is a less than perfect sidewall.

Abnormal Wear.  Sometimes tires get worn out, seemingly without any obvious reason. Some tires wear out faster than the other tires in the car. This is most likely caused by improper wheel alignment. Improperly aligned wheels can cause abnormal, uneven wear on tires because pressure is not evenly distributed on the wheels. This condition is a good indicator of when you should get your tires fixed. As future preventive measure, always check the alignment to prevent abnormal wear from happening again.

Aging.  Just like everything, tires will eventually age and deteriorate. Even if no major damage like punctures or uneven wear is visible on your tire, they still need to be replaced due to regular wear and tear. Look at your tires and see if the tire treads are still visible. If your tire looks smoother and resembles a life saver, that tire is definitely crying out to be changed. Some tires may also age faster, surprisingly due to heat from overuse and heat from a tropical climate, so be sure to look out for those signs of damage as well.

Selecting the right tire.  Knowing the right type, size, season, and even function of the tire will let your car’s tires last their longest. It can let you save on gas and ultimately prevent life-threatening accidents. One way to find the correct size and tire type for your vehicle is to look at the car manual. You can also check out the MICHELIN Tire Selector online that can recommend durable, top-quality tires based on the tire size, and even match it to the year of the car’s manufacture.Visit for more information.

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