A tire blowout happens when you least expect it. It can also lead to a serious car accident, injuries and a trip to the auto repair shop. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, defective or slick tires caused 68 traffic fatalities in 2015. Maintaining and replacing tires is an expense, but not maintaining them and having a blowout can cost someone’s life.
There are a few steps every car owner should do frequently to maintain the quality and life of the tires, and in the process, prevent serious collisions on the road.
Check Tire Tread
The amount of tire tread shows the life remaining on each tire. If your tires begin to look smooth and less rugged, it is time to replace the tire.
A good trick to use to measure tire tread is to insert a quarter into the tread with George Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.
Maintain Proper Air Pressure
Most newer model vehicles within the past decade feature tire pressure monitors that alert the driver if tire pressure is low. Do not rely only on the monitors. Checking tire pressure on all four tires once a month is a good habit.
If a tire is under-inflated, it can lead to tire damage. An over-inflated tire can cause a blowout, especially on long trips or in hot temperatures. Check your car owner’s manual or the inside of the door frame for the correct amount of tire pressure. Also remember to have your tires rotated according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Poor Alignment and Balance Wears Tires
The air and wear are just two factors that affect tire quality and can prevent a blowout if maintained. On any vehicle, proper alignment and balance can prevent the tire from wearing faster.
At ProCare Collision, a local body shop, we hope all car owners take care of their vehicles to prevent serious accidents. If you do happen to get into an accident, contact our team to work with a personal service consultant who will help you through the entire repair process and get you back on the road.