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Summer Travel: Why Good Tire Choices Matter for Your Holiday

  • Preparation is Key: Adjust tire pressures before your journey
  • Prioritize Safety: Replace worn tires before your holiday begins
  • Be Cautious with Rentals: Inspect tires thoroughly before driving off

Dubai, UAE, June 11, 2024. As summer holidays approach across the Middle East, typically spanning from June to late September, many are eagerly anticipating a well-deserved break. However long your holidays may be, they offer a chance to unwind and enjoy some leisure time. For your car tires, though, this is the start of a demanding period. Before starting your holiday travels, it’s crucial to ensure your tires are prepared for the journey ahead. Continental, a leading tire manufacturer, emphasizes that long trips at high speeds combined with underinflation can place significant stress on tires. Therefore, a quick tire check is essential. This includes adjusting the tire pressure to match the vehicle load, checking the tread depth, and inspecting for any signs of damage, such as nails or stones. Additionally, always inspect the tires on a rental car before setting off.

During holiday trips, cars often carry heavier loads, and the appropriate tire pressure for such conditions can be found in the owner’s manual or on a label inside the fuel filler flap, door pillar, or glove compartment. These sources provide information for both loaded and unloaded vehicles. While adjusting the pressures, drivers should also check the tread depth. The minimum tread depth in the UAE is 1.6 millimeters, and tires should be replaced once the tread approaches this limit. Look for any damaged tread blocks, bulges in the sidewall, or embedded nails or screws. Don’t forget to check the (space-saver) spare wheel when inflating your tires. If you’re unsure about how to conduct these checks or prefer not to do them yourself, local workshops or tire retailers are available to assist. By following these tips, motorists can embark on their summer travels confident that their tires are in top condition.

Continental is at the forefront of developing innovative technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility. Established in 1871, the technology company provides safe, efficient, intelligent, and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic, and transportation. In 2023, Continental reported sales of 163.18 billion AED and employs around 200,000 people across 56 countries and markets.

The Tires group sector at Continental aims to make mobility safer, smarter, and more sustainable. Its premium portfolio includes tires for cars, trucks, buses, two-wheelers, and specialty vehicles, as well as smart solutions and services for fleets and tire retailers. With a legacy of over 150 years, Continental is one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers. In 2023, the Tires group sector generated 55.19 billion AED in sales and employs more than 56,000 people worldwide, operating 20 production and 16 development locations.