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As the seasons change and you travel back and forth for holiday dinners, gift shopping and time spent with your loved ones, you tend to utilize your car more often, making it more fragile and prone to damage. One of the biggest car issues cars face is a flat tire. Even if you are lucky enough to avoid the dreaded recurring flat tire, you have surely witnessed other cars pulling over on the side of the road to cope with their tire troubles. How do you keep your tires from blowing out? Read below to find out.
The most common cause for flat tires is over- or under- inflation. Air is what allows the tires to carry the weight of the vehicle and its cargo, and proper tire pressure is key in ensuring that your tires do not overflex, or weaken, and eventually fail. Unsure of what the proper air pressure should be for your car? Check inside the driver side door or in your car’s manual; newer cars even have automated systems that tell you what the current pressure of each tire is. If all else fails, see a tire dealer or stop by your local gas station and make use of their air machines.
Road conditions are not always the best, but avoiding potholes will prolong the life of your tires and save you from wasting time at a mechanic or pulling over to change a flat. Hitting a pothole can affect a car’s suspension and if the hit is hard enough, they can cut or fray a tire’s internals. In some situations, the pothole will cut all the way through fabric and rubber, and the tire will die right there. If that’s not bad enough, sometimes the damage will not be noticeable for months and then the tire will begin a slow leak of air, making it unrepairable.
Tires are only capable of handling so much, especially if they have inaccurate air pressure. Make sure you are aware of how much of a load your vehicle can handle, and do not go against the manufacturer’s Gross Vehicular Weight Rating (found on the same card as the car’s necessary air pressure). Taking a few trips to and from your destination may be tedious and inconvenient, but it is better than paying to repair or replace busted tires.
Weather conditions, rigorous use and driving practices are all things to consider when looking for wear and tear on your tires. Rash driving, dirt, debris and improper inflation cause tires to deteriorate much faster and make them much more prone to becoming flat. If you are checking your tires and observe nails, tears, bubbles, etc. or feel a difference in how the car is driving, have a professional inspect the car immediately. The longer you wait to have the car inspected, the closer to a blowout you will get.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tires should be replaced every six to ten years, or when significant wear and tear is observed. If you are unsure of the age of your tires or do not know how to check how old they are, use our guide to learn how to tell the age of your tires.
Having to replace an unexpected flat tire can really put a damper on your day, especially during the holiday season. Be proactive and let our tips help you stray away from any unpleasant surprises. If you are in the market for new tires, TreadHunter’s deals will make shopping for tires online as easy (and cheap) as can be. Sign up for a free membership today!