Avoid Tire Blowouts with These 4 Tire Maintenance Tips
Tire blowouts are one of the more common reasons for a breakdown on the road. Having a tire blowout in the middle of a drive is rather dangerous, especially if driving at high speeds, not to mention being quite the hassle.
Stopping to change a tire that has blown takes a lot of time and effort, and it’s not something everyone knows how to do. In many cases, people need to call a tow truck to get their vehicle off the road and into a repair shop for a tire change.
Prevention is key when it comes to avoiding tire blowouts – the better maintained your tires are the longer they last and less likely they are to blowout. Avoid tire blowouts in the future with these four tire maintenance tips:
1. Always Monitor Tire Pressure
Maintaining the correct tire pressure is one of the most effective ways to avoid a blowout. Tires without the right pressure levels are always more likely to fail, so check them as often as you can to ensure they aren’t over or under inflated.
Every tire is different in terms of recommended pressure levels, so either check with a mechanic the next time you are at the auto shop or simply refer to the vehicle user guide to find out the what manufacturer recommends.
Remember – tires lose pressure naturally, so always be sure to check this regularly to avoid any problems.
2. Never Over or Under Inflate
Linking back to the pressure levels, if you notice they have improper pressure never make the mistake of overinflating to compensate. This results in too much pressure in the tire, causing the rubber to stretch and possibly blowout.
Conversely, if your tires are under inflated, the risks are just as severe. For instance, not enough pressure results in overheating on the surface of the tires, which will eventually lead to a blowout.
3. Avoid Overloading
Overloading a vehicle is one of those things people overlook when it comes to tire maintenance. Not everyone is aware that an overloaded car significantly increases the chances of a tire blowout, as the excess weight puts additional strain on the tires.
When this becomes too much, one or several tires can completely blowout, usually mid-trip. So, whenever loading your vehicle, take the time to consider the maximum capacity and whether you’re exceeding it.
4. Be Mindful of Speeding
Driving too fast can also lead to tire blowouts, so always be mindful of this whenever out on the roads. When a car moves at high speeds, tires are more susceptible to blowouts from debris on the road as well as overheating, so never take the risk.
Also, driving at a high speed may also lead to a quick loss of air pressure, which is another contributing factor to blowouts. More importantly, it may even cause the tire to blowout, so be sure to drive safe and understand the many risks of driving at too high of a speed.
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