Updated: Feb 2
It's the summer of staying local and flying nowhere. This leaves road trips and Canada is the place to do them. But you can't get anywhere in a car without tires; those black beauties are your tickets to a paradise. Here are a few tips to make sure they are ready to roll for each outing:
Make sure they are at the correct PSI - tires wear faster and uneven when they are under or over inflated. Get an air gauge for an accurate reading. Not sure what PSI to fill them? A label on the inside of the driver's side door usually will tell you.
Make sure you have a spare - new cars will. old cars may not. Double check and replace your spare if already used.
Learn to change a tire - CAA is a wonderful organization, but at the peak it might take hours for a service call. be ready for a flat and make sure you have all the tools and training to swap out that donut if need be.
Re-torque - it is rare that any tire's mounting nuts will loosen on their own but better safe than sorry. Almost all tires shops offer a free tightening of your lug nuts; stop in and have piece of mind in 2 minutes.
The list is long of important supplies for a road trip, but don't ignore the thing that will get you there. Grab you license, snacks, GPS and luggage; and give your car (and tires) the once over. You'll be happy you did.