It is the summer season, which is also the season of flat tires. Due to the excessive heat more tires are prone to go flat or to blowout. Being on the road and having an unexpected flat or blowout can add stress to your day, delay your daily schedule, and so much more. Additionally, you may not have all of the tools or experience needed to change the tire. However, a roadside and towing service has got your back. Today Citywide Towing Service would like to share how to avoid and prevent summer tire flats or blowouts.
Watch Road Conditions to Avoid a Tire Puncture
When it comes to avoiding a flat tire or a blowout, start with a daily awareness of the road’s condition on which you will drive. The condition of the road is huge. Make sure to always watch out for potholes, uneven paved roads, and debris in the road. Be sure to always look ahead when driving and avoid road hazards regardless as to how small they may seem. It only takes a small nail or screw to flatten a tire.
Check Tire Temperature on Hot Days
During the summer months here in Texas, the roads can get very hot. Heat is a major contributor to tire flats and blowouts. High temperatures can cause the air inside your tire to expand which puts additional pressure on the tires. During the hot summer months, it is important to check your tire pressure often. You may find you need to deflate the tire a little bit due to the heat’s effects on the tire air pressure. Make sure to check your tire air pressure in the morning and before going on longer trips.
Check if Valve Stems are Leaking
A tire can go flat due to a valve stem leak. Depending on how loose the valve stem is, the air can leak out slowly or very rapidly. Stem valves are that little stem in the center of the tire valve. It unscrews and can be removed as they can be damaged and need replacing. However, they can also become loose on their own. Therefore, it is recommended to check your valve stem every three months to make sure it is not loose or is leaking air.
Tire Wear Indicator
As tires are used their tread will begin to wear down until eventually, the tire has no tread left. This is what mechanics call bald tires. Bald tires are very dangerous as they can get flats and blowouts far more easily. Additionally, bald tires do not grip the road and you are more prone to slippage or loss of traction. Bald tires make your vehicle a danger to everyone on the road. Make sure to check your tire tread, if the tread is lower than 4/32 on an inch high, it is time to change your tire. Most new tire tread ranges from 10/32 to 11/32 of an inch high. You can check your tires tread by using a penny. Place the penny upside down between the tread. If you see all of Lincoln’s head your tread is too low.