Tires are constantly in contact with the road, which makes them very vulnerable. The national Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that flats and blowouts are a common cause of highway traffic accidents. Flat tires are sometimes just bad luck, but there are many preventive measures a driver can use to avoid flats and blowouts.
Make it a habit to check the pressure regularly. This is a simple and easy preventive practice. Underinflated tires are the most common cause of blowouts and flats. Underinflated tires produce more friction. This excessive friction causes excessive heading that could lead to a blowout. Underinflated tires also make driving more expensive because your vehicle will have to use more fuel. Overinflated tires are also dangerous and can lead to blowouts. They also make your vehicle more susceptible to damage.
You should aim to check the pressure at least once a month. Your owner’s manual will have air pressure information for your tires. Each car has a preferred air pressure level. Make sure that you are filling your tires to the correct level. Simply, check your air pressure. If the pressure falls below the minimum number recommended by the car manufacturer, add air.
Do not try to guess or eyeball the correct tires’ air pressure level. Always measure the tire pressure with an pressure gauge. Check the pressure when they’ve been resting for three hours. While checking the tire pressure, it is also helpful to look for any cracks, fraying, or fading in color. It is especially important to check air pressure during season changes. Season changes affect your tires’ air pressure. In the cold, the air pressure is reduced. Heat increases the pressure.
Remember to inspect your tire treads. Worn treads can be dangerous. Pay attention to the wear bars on your tire. Wear bars are indicator marks between the tread patterns. If the wear bear is level with your treads, then your tires have worn down. You should also pay attention to uneven wear patterns. Uneven wear patterns can make your car more difficult to handle. A professional mechanic can also determine the cause of uneven wear on your tires.
Rotating your tires can also protect your tires from flats and blowouts. The NHTSA suggests that you have your tires rotated every 5,000 miles. You should make it a habit of rotating your tires every time you change your oil.
You should avoid driving near constriction sites and hazardous roadways. These zones often have sharp rocks, nails, metal shards, and glass. These items can cause punctures in your tires. You should also avoid driving on the highway shoulder. The highway shoulder is often full of sharp rocks and car accident debris.
These simple preventative tips will protect your tires from flats and blowouts. Many new cars also have air pressure level warnings. If you see this warning, check your air pressure as soon as possible.