Dubai’s unbearable weather conditions have led to numerous road accidents, especially in summer when temperatures reach 50-degrees, motorists must take precautions and always ensure that their tyres are in the best possible condition.
Heat places a heavy burden on not only the tyres but also on all other parts of the car. The air conditioning, suspension and numerous other parts under the hood. Therefore, maintenance is crucial and forgetting about it could have grave consequences.
How can you minimize the risk of accidents or injury? There are five essential steps to always keep in mind:
1. Regular tyre checks
Making regular checks on your tyres
is vital, not only during summer but all year round. However, in summer they’re more vulnerable to cracks, cuts, and other damages. Cracks and cuts imply that tyres may need to rotate or even be replaced.
Get the tyre depth checked at a reputable garage like Orange Auto in Al Quoz where the professional technicians will check the tyre tread depth and advise you on what needs to be done.
New tyres typically have a tread depth of 8mm and the minimum legal tyre depth in the UAE is 1.6mm. Motorists should avoid reaching this stage as it could pose risks of accidents and it is advised that you get your tyres changed once it reaches a depth of 3mm.
2. Monthly tyre pressure checks
Tyre pressure decreases at a rate of about two pounds of air every month, but in the extreme heat of Dubai, this rate increases and could become a problem as low tyre pressure affects breaking distance and handling of the vehicle.
Additionally, tyres with lower pressure wear out faster and contribute to higher fuel consumption. Tyre pressure can be easily checked with air gauges available at most petrol stations. The recommended tyre pressure can be found in the vehicle manual or on the driver’s side of the vehicle and these can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
An important thing to remember is that tyres should be checked 2 hours after the car has been driven, otherwise add 0.3 bars to the recommended level to acquire an accurate reading (The reading should be taken for all four tyres).
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3. Check the wheel balancing
Wheel balancing affects the handling of the car if they aren’t properly balanced. By balancing the wheels, the car’s weight is evenly distributed, however even if it is even a quarter of an ounce off, it could result in serious vibrations and strain on the suspension components.
Wheel balancing should always be carried out by a knowledgeable and skilled staff like those at Orange Auto
4. Check tyre alignment
Occasionally, some parts of the suspension may be worn out even with the wheels being properly aligned, they sit at improper angles and cause the tyres to be unaligned. When your tyres aren’t aligned properly, blowouts can occur and this poses a serious risk to you and other drivers.
If you think you’re driving straight and your steering isn’t centred, your tyres need to be balanced. Also, if you happen to be veering towards one side your tyres need inspection
5. Keep an eye on vehicle load suspension
Overloading your vehicle causes extra strain on tyres and leads to more fuel consumption and effects the stability and handling of the vehicle.
You have to ensure that all its components, including shock absorbers, are in the best possible condition to ensure safe and smooth driving.