Tips To Help Get Your Vehicle Summer Road Trip Ready

Summer is almost here and I am getting excited about the school break, summer road trips and weekend family getaways on the horizon. Are you going on any summer adventures with your family? Preparing your vehicle for the changing road conditions is important, including your tires, so today I am sharing some great tips from Hankook Tire Canada’s very own auto expert Darryl Gray to help get you road trip ready!

Tips To Help you Get Summer Road Trip Ready


Did you know? Summer and winter tires are nearly complete opposites! Winter tire compound is meant to ensure tires remain pliable in the cold and summer tires are meant to stay firm in the summer heat.

Summer and winter tires also differ in tread pattern. Winter tires have a wider, deep, aggressive tread to maintain grip in adverse conditions while summer tires have a tight tread pattern for optimal handling in warmer weather – but they become stiff and unresponsive in the cold due to their compound. In the summer, the tread on winter tires cause a noisy ride with depleted handling characteristics whereas summer tires help create a smooth, quiet ride.

Tip: Swap out your winter tires for summer tires once the temperature reaches 7oC on a consistent basis. Failure to do so will impact your driving performance and actually degrade your winter tires faster, costing you even more performance and money in the long run!


  • Summer tires have a lower rolling resistance and increased handling in warm weather
  • Money Savings:  Cut back on gas costs! Summer tires offer better fuel efficiency than winter tires.
  • Longevity – having separate sets of tires for each season means they will last twice as long
  • Silence is golden! Summer tires are much quieter in warm weather making those long  summer road trips more enjoyable!


Tires are one of the most important parts of a car, and are often the most neglected. Low inflation can cause tremendous amounts of heat in the tire, in turn decreasing performance and durability, so proper inflation is key to tire safety.


  • Check your air pressure and rotate your tires regularly – every 10,000 km rather than annually – to ensure optimal performance
  •   The best time to get a new set of tires is when there is 2/32” tread depth remaining – the deeper the tread, the better the performance.
  •   As tires wear down so do traction, control, handling, fuel efficiency, wet weather traction and braking distance so make sure you’re monitoring them regularly.


Don’t try to save a little money on your tires. They’re the only thing between you and the road! Look for the best overall value – the cheapest generally isn’t the best value, and neither is the most expensive.

I just got my first set of Hankook 4-Season tires recently and I love that they are great for all surfaces from normal roads to rain and snow. These 4- season tires work great for us here in Vancouver as they provide excellent driving performance under all weather conditions.

Finally, always trust an expert, not the internet. Buying the right tires can be a confusing process – a mechanic can help steer you in the right direction.

Tips To Help you Get Summer Road Trip Ready

Tips To Help you Get Summer Road Trip Ready

When was the last time you rotated your tires? Do you have a set of summer tires you use during the s summer months?

Disclosure: This is a partnered post with Hankook. However, all opinions and views on this post are 100% my own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

12 responses to “Tips To Help Get Your Vehicle Summer Road Trip Ready”

  1. Great facts, learned a lot of new things about tires today. Didn’;t know they saved gas.

  2. some great information and reminders for everyone!

  3. I have my tires rotated regularly (every 6 months at least); so important to maintain your vehicle when the seasons change.

  4. I always take my car in to have the winter tires swapped for summer tires & vice versa. It was rather late this year due to the weather. I did know this info about tires since there was a huge info period in Germany about all of this. My summer tires always save me a 0.1 ltr/100km, it’s not much but it all adds up.

  5. I have already changed to my summer tires, but I didn’t know that in doing so, I’m getting better fuel efficiency. Good to know!

  6. We have our car serviced every 6 months and they rotate tires then…..but I would say that in 6 mo. time we have less than 10,000 km on our car but always have everything checked out then. Our tires are “all weather” tires.

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  8. Great information at just the right time…we’re planning a road trip this summer and need to make sure our van is in great shape including the tires.

  9. Tires play a great part in your fuel consumption, and my husband that is a mechanic always makes sure my tires are changed and rotated and that the proper pressure is in them

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