Summer Tire Safety Tips

beachTire safety is important all year long, but the warmer months present a few unique challenges to tire quality.

Long road trips, higher temperatures, hauling heavy loads and driving faster all put additional stress on your tires. Here are a few summer tire safety tips:

  • You should check your tires regularly for wear and tear, but if you’re planning any driving vacations or weekend trips away, it’s imperative to inspect your tires before you leave. Finding any potential problems before you head out will increase your safety and could save you a lot of money in the long run. For tips on how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.
  • Check your tire tread. Worn tread can cause a myriad of problems from unexpected blowouts to hydroplaning to your brakes not functioning properly. Click here to learn how to check your tire tread levels. If your tire tread levels are low, do not worry, Champtires can get you the tread levels you need in the brand name you trust – all at a very low cost.
  • Also check your tires’ sidewalls for any imperfections or bulges.
  • Find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle in your owner’s manual. Check the pressure often, preferably when the tires are cold. And, don’t forget to check your spare tire! Note that the tire pressure listed on your sidewalls is the maximum pressure and is not intended to serve as notification of the correct pressure.
  • Do not overload your car or truck. Your vehicle and tires are designed to only operate safely up to their hauling limits. Carrying too much weight creates excessive heat inside your tires, which can lead to tire failure and an accident.
  • If your tires are not inflating properly, are worn or have low tread level, do not let the high cost of new tires scare you from fixing the problem. Champtires can help you get affordable, quality used tires with good treads – in any brand name or quantity that you need. Find out why buying used tires is a great option.

In the Pittsburgh area? Shop in person at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 – Champtires also offers tire installation.

If you’re outside of Pittsburgh, visit Champtires.com for the lowest prices on used tires on the Internet – plus we offer free shipping!

Questions? Call 412-462-3000 or email support@champtires.com.

Related:

The Dangers of Driving With Worn Tires

Why Buy Used Tires?

Make Sure Your Tires Are Road-Trip Ready

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires

Make Sure Your Tires Are Road-Trip Ready

Make Sure Your Tires Are Road-Trip ReadyMemorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer – which means vacations for many Americans.

If a road trip is part of your summer plans, make sure your tires are ready before you start packing up the car. Not only is driving on tires with adequate tread much more safe for you, your passengers and others on the road around you, taking care of your tires before you leave will likely save you money and headaches if any problems arise while you’re out of town.

Typically, tire tread above 2/32 of an inch is considered to be adequate. However, some tests have shown that 4/32 is a much safer guideline to follow.

To learn how to quickly inspect your tires, click here.

Not sure if used tires are a good option for you? Read why buy used tires.

To find out if Champtires has the size and brand of tires that you need, call 412-462-3000, stop in at 1130 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, PA 15122 or visit Champtires.com.

Safe travels!

How To Quickly Inspect Your Tires

Tire Penny Test

Damaged or low-quality tires can wreak havoc on your car – and your wallet. Driving on low tread tires or tires with any type of defects drastically increase the likelihood of blowing a tire and causing damage to other parts of your car.

Luckily, if you need tires, Champtires can get you the brand and size your car requires at a huge discount.

If you’re not sure of what kind of shape your tires are in, here are a few things to check for:

  • Worn treads. Stick a penny in the tread, top first. If the tread doesn’t touch Lincoln’s head, your tires are worn. (Watch a short video demonstration.) If you have low tread, you’ll want to replace that tire(s) immediately. Champtires can help you and either get one, two or three tires to match your other tires’ tread levels or fix you up with a whole set.
  • Damage to the treads or sidewalls. This indicates that the tire is not performing properly. Again, at Champtires, you can get one, two, three or a full set of high-quality-used tires for a fraction of the cost of new tires.
  • Objects, like a nail or glass, poking into the tire.
  • Tread pulling away from the tire.

If you notice uneven wear, that could mean too much or too little air pressure, problems with your car’s alignment or problems with the steering or suspension. If you have questions, give us a call at 1-888-531-8473 or start shopping.

If you’re in western Pennsylvania, stop by one of Champtires three locations, and we’ll take a look for you:

Pittsburgh

1319 Washington Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412) 361-1696

Services Available: Tire sales; tire installation; wheel alignment; and brake and suspension services

West Mifflin

1130 Lebanon Rd
West Mifflin, PA 15122

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412) 462-3000

Services Available: Tire sales; tire installation; wheel alignment; and brake and suspension services

North Huntington / Irwin

15091 Rte. 30
North Huntington, PA 15642

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST
Sunday: Closed
(412)-646-1999

Services Available: Tires sales; tire installation; brake and suspension services

Related:

Why Buy Used Tires?

Tire Tread Level and State Car Inspections

Save on Car Leasing Turn-In Fees With Used Tires

Champtires Offers Installation

Tire Sizes at Champtires