One of the most frightening driving experiences is the tire blowout. The results can be deadly if it happens while driving at high speed or when cornering on a highway. Tire blowouts can also cause a vehicle to roll over which is one of the most dangerous types of accidents. Tires have undergone a lot of improvement over the last few decades. This means that most blowouts now happen because of poor tire maintenance. Proper tire care will be discussed next.
Check Tire Pressure On A Regular Basis
Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month. Air within a tire will slowly seep out over time. Air pressure can also drop in very cold weather. If your tire pressure is already on the low side, then they will be dangerously low when the weather gets cold. Driving on chronically under inflated tires weakens them. In addition to avoiding under inflated tires, you should never over inflate your tires. This will cause them to overheat and weaken.
Your tire pressure should be checked more frequently after running over an object, hitting a curb, or when the weather suddenly gets cold.
Immediately Replace Tire If Driven On While Flat
Sometimes all the air in a tire can leak out while a car is parked. If you mistakenly get into the car and drive even a few feet on the flat tire, the rubber of the tire will be damaged. This damage can be seen as a faint ring of discoloration on the sidewall after re-inflation. Get a new tire when this happens.
Avoid Overloading Your Car
This over stresses and weakens the tire.
Check Tread Wear And Replace Worn Out Tires
Tires must be replaced when the tread depth is less than 6/32”. Tires also have tread wear bars that become more visible as your treads wear down. When the wear bars become flush with the top of the tread, it is time to get a new tire.
Rotate Tires Properly
Tire rotation refers to interchanging the tires on your car to even out their wear. Rotation patterns vary depending on the tire type as well as the type of drive (two wheel, four wheel, etc) of your car. Follow the recommended rotation pattern for your car and wheel type.
Avoid Potholes And Debris On The Road.
Never drive over potholes or objects on the road. It is impossible to tell when driving whether an object can cause a puncture or tear in your tires. Running over objects at high speed also subject the tires to greater stress.