One of the most frustrating and, unfortunately, common reasons to get stuck on the side of the road is a tire blowout. Not only is it inconvenient to break down, it can be quite dangerous when a tire blows out while driving. When it comes to tire blowouts, prevention is the best strategy. By properly maintaining your tires, you can protect yourself from a dangerous accident, or in the least, an expensive repair.
Monitor Tire Pressure
Many drivers make the mistake of only checking their tire pressure when the low-pressure light comes on or after an issue has already occurred. Maintaining the correct amount of pressure in your tires makes them less likely to fail.
Different tires require different pressure levels, so it is essential to refer to your vehicle’s user guide or speak to a professional about the correct level. Always keep a pressure gauge in your car and check the tires frequently. If you need to fill up, you can usually find an air compressor at a gas station for either a few quarters or entirely free.
Why Tire Pressure Matters
Wondering how improper pressure levels can cause tire blowouts? If a vehicle’s tires are overinflated, it can cause the rubber to stretch and weaken, making you more vulnerable for a blowout. On the other side, when tires are underinflated, overheating can occur on the surface of the tires, eventually causing a blowout.
While many drivers are aware of the importance of tire pressure, there are some lesser-known causes of tire blowouts, such as overloading. Overloading a vehicle is when you go beyond its maximum weight capacity. This is one of the least known causes of tire blowouts because it isn’t every day where the average driver is carrying a heavy load in their vehicle. It often happens when people move to a new home and bring along their belongings on a long road trip. If you are planning to haul a heavy load, check your vehicle’s user guide for its weight capacity. If you think you could be going over the limit, weigh your belongings and consider a moving truck.
Speeding is another common cause of tire blowouts. When tires move at fast speeds, they can become very hot compromising their integrity and potentially causing a blowout. Also, debris on the road is more likely to cause a blowout when you are moving at high speeds. Speeding can even cause tire pressure to drop rapidly which, again, could cause a blowout. This is all especially dangerous because of the high speed. It is imperative that you always watch your speed, especially when you are driving with older tires or ones that have already been repaired before.
The quality and age of your tires can also play a role in how safe you are out on the road. Tires typically last 25,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on the individual vehicle. Old, worn tires are much more susceptible to blowouts. If you are getting close to this range, it’s probably time to have your tires replaced.
The Solution to Tire Blowouts
These steps can prevent tire blowouts, but anything can happen out on the road. If your car breaks down, make sure to hire a company that will assist you quickly and efficiently. At Accurate Towing Service, our trained and certified team will arrive quickly to provide you with excellent and professional service. We’ve provided the very best in roadside assistance for over 30 years. If you find yourself in one of these situations, contact us and we’ll be there in no time.