Hot weather and your tires

Tires can wear faster in hot weather due to the following reasons:

  • Rubber becomes softer. The rubber in tires becomes softer in hot weather, which makes it more susceptible to wear and tear. This is because the heat causes the rubber molecules to become more flexible and less resistant to deformation.
  • Tires expand. As the rubber becomes softer, the tires also broaden. This can strain the tire walls and lead to premature wear.
  • More friction. When tires rub against the road surface, there is more friction in hot weather. This is because the heat causes the road surface to become softer and stickier. The increased friction can also lead to premature wear.
  • More frequent braking. Drivers brake more often in hot weather, which stresses the tires more.
  • More debris on the road. Hot weather can cause more debris to accumulate on the road, such as leaves, gravel, and sand. This debris can get caught in the tire treads and cause premature wear.

The best tires for hot weather are summer tires or all-season tires with a high treadwear rating. Summer tires are designed specifically for hot weather and offer the best traction and handling. All-season tires with a high treadwear rating can also be a good option, as they provide some of the benefits of summer tires without sacrificing performance in cold weather.

Here are some tips for taking care of your tires in hot weather:

  • Keep your tires properly inflated. Overinflated tires can overheat and cause the tread to separate.
  • Avoid driving on hot, dry surfaces. If you must drive on these surfaces, slow down and avoid sudden braking or acceleration.
  • Inspect your tires regularly for signs of wear and tear. Replace tires that are worn or damaged.
  • Wash your tires regularly to remove dirt, debris, and road salt.

By following these tips, you can help extend the life of your tires and keep your car safe in hot weather.

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