No one likes to be stuck on the side of the road, especially when it is the result of having to change a flat tire. They always seem to appear at the worst times, be it on our drive into work, or when the temperature is below freezing. Although there is never a 100% guarantee protective measure, there are still a number of ways we can prevent a flat tire, such as the following six precautionary steps:
1. Keep your tires inflated properly
Experts agree that keeping your tires inflated properly can be just as important as keeping your engine tuned in terms of how well your car operates. If your tires are over-inflated, you will experience a rough ride, and at times your vehicle will be more difficult to control. If your tires are under inflated, they will go through more wear and tear sooner due to the increased friction that is needed, and they will ultimately wear out sooner. In order to check your tire pressure, you should use a tire gauge to check if you have the ideal pressure in all four tires.
2. Check your tires for uneven wear
It is also important to get in the habit of periodically checking your tires to ensure that they appear to be in good condition in terms of wearing out evenly. If you find some uneven wear, ask yourself how you have been handling your car in terms of quick starts or hard stops perhaps during city driving, where those are more prevalent.
3. Look for good tread when buying tires
Do you have a hard time deciding which tires to purchase? Your best bet to prevent tire blowouts is to buy tires that offer thick tread. These will be far less resistant to any punctures that can later result into a flat tire.
4. Avoid streets near construction sites
Although sometimes where we drive, and what we drive into might be unavoidable, sometimes we do have the ability to chose different routes. For example, to lessen your chances for a tire blow out, avoid streets or surfaces that are near construction sites, as these areas are more liable to have sharp objects such as nails, bolts, shards of glass and the like.
5. Rotate your tires
Each vehicles weight is distributed unevenly, therefore, each of the tires have a different amount of stress being placed on it at any given time. Be sure to have your tires rotated at least every 5,000 miles.
6. Check your breaks on your car
Make it a habit to have your brakes checked regularly. Brakes that are not properly adjusted or worn can create more havoc on the tires and result in uneven, worn out tires that will then soon by prone to blowouts.
If you follow these steps on a continuous basis, you will be less susceptible to having a flat tire.