Battling Blowouts: Tire Care Concerns You Should Know

Automotive Blog

One of the biggest safety hazards that your tires face is the risk of a blowout. If you're not familiar with the fundamentals of tire wear and the risk of blowouts, there are a few things that you should know. Here's a look at a few things you should know about preserving the condition of your car's tires over time and reducing your chances of a blowout.

Tire Inflation Issues

Underinflation is a leading cause of tire blowouts. If you've been driving with your tires underinflated for an extended period of time, it causes faster wear on the tread, which can strain the steel bands and the rubber on the tire, increasing your risk factors for a blowout.

Tire pressure fluctuates through normal driving habits as well as with the changing seasons. Changes in the outside air temperature can affect the current pressure in your tires without you making any changes at all. That's why you should check the pressure in your tires once a month and adjust them as needed. Your tire mechanic can not only show you the proper way to check and fill them, but also tell you what your tires should be filled to based on your car and typical cargo.

Driving Habits

Your driving habits can be equally damaging to your tires. If you have a habit of striking potholes and bumps, you're causing wear and tear on the tires unnecessarily. Sharp edges on potholes can actually cut through tires, which will cause you a blowout on the road.

Make an effort to be attentive to the hazards on the road. Avoid potholes, bumps and any debris in the road as much as possible so that you don't damage your tires.

Cargo Selection

Every car is rated for carrying a specific amount of cargo. The tires on the car are a part of that rating, so if you exceed the average cargo rating for your car, you're going to put excess demand on those tires. It's important to understand your car's cargo capacity at all times and make an effort to avoid overloading the vehicle. The cargo capacity is outlined in your owners manual.

With so many things affecting your tire pressure and condition, it's no surprise that blowouts happen frequently. Now that you understand some of the key considerations, you can help to reduce your risks. Talk with your tire shop (like Jafstram Imported Car Service) about a thorough inspection of your tires to ensure that they are in good condition.


4 December 2015