If you don’t check anything else before you get on the road, at least make sure your tires are in good shape.
Summer is traditionally a time when folks just want to get away from it all. That hasn’t changed, but, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, travel is expected to be down this summer. That said, AAA is still estimating that Americans will take 700 million trips – most of them by car – this year.
“Americans will get out and explore this summer though they’re taking a ‘wait and see approach’ when it comes to booking and are likely to book more long weekend getaways than extended vacations,” said Paula Twidale, AAA’s senior vice president of travel. “When they do venture out, travelers will take to the road with 683 million car trips to satisfy their wanderlust.”
While it’s always wise to make sure your car is ready for a trip, it’s especially important this year with the uncertainty about what might be open. Nothing is worse than getting out on the road and breaking down, unless it’s getting out on the road, breaking down, and being unable to find a trusted mechanic to help you.
It’s particularly important to make sure your tires are ready for the road. Consumer Reports says, “These [tire] checks should be performed monthly, but it’s especially important to do one before embarking on long driving vacations. A flat tire or other tire problem can be an inconvenience when you’re far from home, and the heat that can build up in tires over a long drive at high speeds can make these problems worse.”
That tire check should include making sure the tire pressure is correct – your tires should not be over- or under-inflated. You should also check to make sure you have enough tread and that there are no bald spots on your tires. You should also look at the sides of your tires to make sure there are no cuts or bulges. And, you should check the age of your tires.
“Some automobile manufacturers recommend replacing tires after six years even if you haven’t worn them out. CR recommends that any tires more than 10 years old should be replaced, regardless of wear,” Consumer Reports says.
If you don’t feel safe checking the tires yourself, or, if you find something questionable, it’s time to consult the Wichita tire experts at Tracy’s Automotive. Tracy’s Automotive carries a full line of tires of all makes, models, and styles to suit any car or driving need.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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