Getting a flat tire while driving can be a scary occurrence, one which all of us want to avoid. A flat tire can happen because of a number of reasons, some which can be controlled and others which cannot, like driving over a nail. Luckily, there are some ways in which you can help prevent a flat tire from occurring.
Correct Tire Pressure
Ensuring that your vehicle's tires always have the proper tire pressure is vital to the safety of your vehicle. Driving with under inflated or overinflated tires puts you at risk for a tire blowout. Plus, driving with the wrong tire pressure decreases your overall fuel efficiency and can significantly wear down your tires. Most vehicles are equipped with a TPMS, or tire pressure monitoring system, which will alert you when your tire pressure is lower than 25%. However, we recommend a tire pressure check at least once a month.
Rotate Your Tires
Proper tire rotation is another way to keep your tires in excellent condition. If you have a front wheel drive vehicle, typically the front tires will wear down faster than the rear. Tire rotation helps to even out the wear on every tire and prevent excessive wear that can lead to a flat tire.
Avoid Road Hazards or Debris
If you are able to safely, steer clear of road hazards or debris to prevent tire damage. Potholes can also cause tires to blowout, which is another occurrence you may want to avoid. However, only do so if you can safely while staying in your lane.
Stay Away from Overloading your Vehicle
The more junk you keep in your vehicle, the more weight is put on your vehicle's tires. The more weight that your tires carry, the faster they wear out. Only keep essentials in your vehicle and try to clean out your car's trunk of junk every once in a while.
Inspect Your Tires Regularly
Take a look at your tires regularly to inspect their overall condition. Worn out tires can lead to flat tires, so if you notice that your tires look pretty worn down, bring them into our shop for an inspection. It may be in your best interest to have your tires replaced if they are nearing the end of their life.
While a flat tire can be scary, being prepared and doing what you can to avoid tire trouble is easy. Just follow our tips above and be sure to follow your vehicle's maintenance here at Complete Car Care Encinitas.