The time has come once again – it’s Summer, the kids are out of school, many families are taking vacation and we all know what that means – a lot of driving.

Many families choose to drive their own vehicles instead of renting a car for vacations travel and that can entail some serious wear and tear on on your vehicle.

Here are 4 key items you can do to ensure that your vehicle is ready for those long journeys across the highway and even just the strain of driving under the raised temperatures that come with the Summer months.

1 – Tire Pressure and Wear and How To Check For Tire Wear

Underinflated tires increase tire wear, waste gas, and can lead to an accident.

Find the tire pressure level required for your car – this is always labeled directly on the doorjamb on the driver side. Take note that the front may have a different pressure requirement than the rear tires.

Check the pressure when the tires are cold, meaning before you’ve done a lot of driving since with driving, tires heat up and you could get inaccurate readings.

I highly recommend getting a digital tire gauge to keep in your glove compartment so you can check your pressure every few weeks and fill your tires as appropriate.

Tire Wear

There are so many factors that can contribute to tire wear. That being said, I found a great chart online that shows the common clues, culprits, and remedy for fixing tire wear

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2 – Check Fluids

This doesn’t mean fuel – there are other fluids that must be attended to in your vehicle.

Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid and brake fluid should be on your quarterly list of car fluids that must be checked.

True many newer automobiles no longer need to have their oil changed every 3 months or 3000 miles, but still check that and the other fluids.

For one you don’t want to find out you have a leaky fluid system too late.

3 – Wipers

Even in the Summer months those wipers should be in tip-top shape. We may not get the rain, but clearing dirt and bugs from the windshield is a year round chore. No one wants cracked and dysfunctional wiper blades while trying to clear a moth attack from their windshield.

4 – Check the Trunk

Here’s a good one to keep in mind as well. Where’s your tire jack? How about the first aid kit? That roadside assistance kit with flares, reflectors and flat fix foam, those are all items that should be in the vehicle and checked at regular intervals.

It’s like insurance – you’d prefer not to use it, but life sure is a lot better when you have it.

Back to #1 – our tires take the biggest brunt of our daily commutes and really need to be maintained. I’m rolling a Chevy on Hankook Tires myself. It’s about time to replace the tires on my wife’s Ford and we’re checking out the new Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 tires.

I did a bit of research and see that these Ventus S1 Noble2 tires have all the right specs that a car enthusiast wants from a high quality tire.

  • 50,000 mile limited tread ware warranty
  • Series 30-55
  • Inch 16-20
  • Speed Symbol – W
  • A straight Rib Block design applied to the outside of the tire’s contact patch helps to prevent unwanted road noise and increase cornering grip.

Those are 5 items that are important to me and with the added value of a $80 rebate coupon– I can’t help but make the recommendation for the Hankook Tires.

 

If the rebate is something that may move the needle for you to jump on this deal too, then first you should be aware of the fine print (there’s always fine print)…

Qualifying products and their specs are:

  • Ultra-High Performance Summer:  Ventus V12 evo– As winter turns to spring and then summer, drivers searching for the ultimate in Ultra-High Performance tire ability need to look no further than the Ventus V12 evo.  Having earned high marks from some of the most respected automotive and consumer magazines in the world, the Ventus V12 evo incorporates an innovative design that provides superior braking, handling and feedback under the most demanding driving conditions.
  • Ultra-High Performance All-Season: Ventus S1 noble2– With an Asymmetric tread pattern, the Ventus S1 noble2 incorporates a Four Channel Rib Design for efficient water evacuation and an advanced silica rubber compound to offer impressive wet handling and braking. A straight Rib Block design applied to the outside of the tire’s contact patch helps to prevent unwanted road noise and increase cornering grip, while multiple 3D Kerfs and Carving Edges provide improved winter condition traction. Additionally, the Ventus S1 noble2 offers a 50,000 mile limited treadwear warranty.
  • Premium Touring All-Season:  Optimo H727 – For drivers looking for a Premium Touring All-Season tire, the Optimo H727 has their needs covered. Designed to provide drivers with a quiet, composed ride, the Optimo H727 comes with an amazing 100,000 mile limited treadwear warranty, one of the best in the industry.
  • Premium Highway All-Season Light Truck/SUV:  Dynapro HT– The Dynapro HT is designed to provide drivers of Light Trucks, Vans and SUVs improved snow traction, low rolling resistance for improved vehicle fuel economy and longer treadwear.  Additionally, the Dynapro HT is backed by a 70,000 mile treadwear and road hazard limited warranty in its P-Metric sizes.

If you can deal with those requirements you’re good to go!

What are you doing to keep your automobile in top shape for the Summer months?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hankook Tires. The opinions and text are all mine.