As we head into the late fall and winter seasons, as BMW drivers, we are attuned to the condition of our tires. Having winter tires installed on our car helps to ensure traction during the snow and ice that typically fall throughout Toronto.
That doesn’t mean you should ignore the conditions of your tires during the peak driving season, which happens to be summer. You should check the condition of your tires several times throughout the summer season. There are several reasons for this.
Tread can wear more quickly on hotter pavement.
Whenever the pavement is hot or you are driving at high speeds, this can wear down the rubber on your tires more quickly. Even though, at the beginning of the summer driving season, your tires were in great shape, that doesn’t mean it will continue throughout the summer.
Check to make sure that you have enough tread throughout the summer to remain safe on the roads. Different car manufacturers will have varying degrees of tread that are considered for safety. You should have at least one centimeter of tread on your tires.
What happens when the tread is too low on your tires?
If you don’t check your BMWs tires regularly, and the tread wears down too low, it could create traction problems when it’s raining outside. A common misconception, though, is that more tread gives your tire more traction during the dry weather. Actually, having no tread would give you much more traction on dry pavement. This is why race car drivers rely on bald tires.
The tread provides more traction during the rain. The rain water moves through the tread to keep your car from hydroplaning and losing control.
If you have any questions about whether the tread on your tires is in good condition or not, bring your car to an authorized BMW repair service center to have them inspect your tires for you. Always remain safe on the roads; that means checking the tread on your tires throughout the summer.