If you’re noticing more failed tire treads or “road gators” on the street, you’re not alone. Arizona’s summer heat cause a lot of problems for our tires. Here’s what the desert does to tires and what you can do to prevent it.
How Heat is Damaging
Tires produce friction, and friction creates heat. Usually, the friction your tires create doesn’t affect your vehicle. During the summer though, your tires can produce more heat than usual.
Heat can drastically affect the life of your vehicle tires. The pavement’s high temperature, as well as heat generated from rolling resistance, causes tread cracks, bald spots, and sidewall bubbles. These issues are more likely to occur when speeding on hot surfaces like the highway. Our desert heat can disintegrate your vehicle’s tires and cause tire blowouts.
High temperatures also cause the rubber of your tires to dry out, especially if they’re not inflated properly. An overly-inflated tire in combination with Phoenix’s scoring heat leads to the tire’s center wearing out much faster than the outer edges.
What You Can Do
It’s not just overly-inflated tires that cause damage. Under-inflated tired produce more heat. Your vehicle’s proper inflation pressure can be located on the driver’s side door jamb, inside the glove compartment, or in the owner’s manual.
Check your tires for slow leaks, punctures, uneven wear, bulges, or cracks in the sidewall and tread. If you notice your vehicle drifting, visit a professional.
It’s vital to regularly check your tire pressure these upcoming months. The last place you want to find out your tires have heat damage is on the road.
Need to check your tires? The experts at Phoenix Tire can help you recognize tire damage and help you pick out tires better suited for our summers. Check out our catalogue or contact us today.