How to Prevent Summer Tire Blowouts & Accidents: 6 Tips (Pt. 2)
August 6, 2014
Continuing from How to Prevent Summer Tire Blowouts & Accidents: 6 Tips (Pt. 1), below are some more essential tips for minimizing the risk of experiencing a tire blowout – and, in turn, car accidents – during the hot summer months, as well as throughout the year.
More Maintenance Tips to Prevent Tire Blowouts…
Tip 3 – Check and adjust tires’ air pressure as necessary.
Keeping your tires’ air pressure within the manufacturer’s suggested guidelines is a critical part of proper tire maintenance that can also reduce the risk of tire blowouts. In fact, as the NHTSA reports, when tires are underinflated by at least 25 percent, they are about three times more likely to be cited as one of the primary causes of car accidents.
When it comes to checking and adjusting your tires’ air pressure, the following can be helpful to keep in mind:
- Get in the habit of checking your tires’ air pressure once a month at the very minimum.
- When checking the air pressure, make so do this this when the tires are “cold” (i.e., after the car has not been driven for at least 3 hours).
- It’s a good idea to keep a portable pressure gauge in the trunk of your car so you can check tire pressure easily on the go.
- If you hit a curb, manhole, object in the road or pothole, be sure to check tire pressure after these incidents, as they can lead to a loss of tire pressure.
Tip 4 – Rotate and balance the tires regularly.
All of the tires on your vehicle will not wear down evenly, as the front tires tend to wear down faster than the rear tires. What this can end up meaning is that, when your tires are unevenly worn down and/or are not properly aligned, your vehicle may do any of the following while you are driving:
- Slightly vibrate
- Veer off to the right or left when attempting to drive straight (on a level roadway).
To avoid these issues – and to get the maximum life and wear out of your vehicles’ tires, make sure you get your tires rotated and aligned on a regular basis (as recommended by the manufacturer).
For some final tips regarding how you can minimize your risks of experiencing a tire blowout this summer, be sure to look for the conclusion to this blog that will be posted soon.
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