With the beginning of vacation season people plan to travel. If you do via road, before taking the car and heading to the chosen destination it is very important to check a fundamental element that we often miss: the tyres. From the Tyre Manufacturers Commission , which brings together the main companies in the sector at the national level – Falken, Bridgestone, Continental, Goodyear, Michelin and Pirelli – the big brands of tyre influence the need to raise awareness about this aspect and thus avoid the possible problems involved.
According to data from the DGT, about 16 million trips are planned for these summer months. Safer driving of each vehicle reverts to its own benefit and that of everyone. Therefore, the Commission recommends always checking the tyre pressure and drawing before traveling. Also, go to a specialist to check the balance and the parallel. In addition, it is important to ensure that, if the vehicle is equipped, the spare wheel is in perfect condition. A good maintenance of the car is essential to enjoy the correct operation of all its components and, of course, to prolong its useful life for many years. One of the elements to which more attention must be devoted is to the wheels, since they are the only connection of the vehicle with the road.
Controlling the pressure (always with cold tyres) is essential to achieve the best performance of the vehicle, especially in the summer months, when the asphalt temperature is much higher. Keep in mind that the ideal pressure depends on each vehicle, but other factors such as the number of passengers, average speed or luggage also influence. That is why it is always advisable to circulate with the pressure recommended by the manufacturer for each circumstance.
Drawing and wear
During these months, heat can cause the asphalt to reach temperatures up to 70 ° C. This situation implies that the surface wear is considerably greater than that which occurs at other times of the year.
Any vehicle that circulates with a drawing depth of less than 1.6 mm, not only lacks the necessary safety guarantees, but is not legally authorized to travel on the road.
Balanced and parallel
Driving with the parallel of the vehicle in poor condition greatly accelerates tyre wear without in many cases the driver notices. Some of its consequences are:
- You generate irregular wear.
- Braking is less effective.
- The suspension is affected, which ends up assuming an extra expense in repairs.
- It generates a higher rolling noise.
- It also increases vibrations, which decreases comfort.
If the car has a spare wheel, it is very important not to forget to have it ready at all times and check its condition periodically. No one would like to stay pulled by a tyre breakdown in the middle of the road and wait for the crane with the suffocating heat for not having checked it.
From the Commission it is recalled that through the European Tyre Label, users can know values such as efficiency, adhesion or noise made by tyres. In this way, when it is time to change them, you can choose the ones that best suit the specific needs of the vehicle.