One of the biggest reasons people get stranded is tire issues. Since you never really know when your tires may cause you to be stranded, problems can put you in a dangerous position. Therefore, you want to do your best to prevent tire problems to the best of your ability.
The information below will help guide you through checking for tire related problems, help you keep your tires in better shape, and educate you on what to do if you experience tire issues while you are driving.
Prevent Tire Problems
Check your tire's air pressure regularly. This can help you avoid finding yourself stranded due to tire issues. Driving your car when the tire pressure is low can cause your tire to blow out, which leads to a dangerous situation.
The proper tire pressure for your tires is provided on the sidewall of each tire. You can check the pressure with a small, handheld tool you can purchase at an auto parts store for a couple of dollars that's called a tire gauge.
Check your tire's tread when you routinely check the air pressure. Driving on tires without a proper amount of tread can lead to hydroplaning on a wet road, sliding on an icy road, lack of proper gripping on a normal road, and increased risk for things going wrong with the tires themselves, such as blowouts.
Check your tires for any signs of visible problems. When you bend down to check the right front from the outside, look under the car with a flashlight to also check the inside of the left front. Do this with each tire. You want to look for any signs of excessive wear, nails or screws embedded in a tire, splitting, or anything else that looks different.
Keep Tires in Good Condition
When you park your car for an extended period and the car will be exposed to a good deal of sunlight, you want to purchase tire protectors that go in front of the tires to protect them. You can make your own protectors out of plywood or even cardboard. If the tires are left in direct sunlight for long periods, the tires can end up with flat spots.
When you drive your car, you want to refrain from doing anything that's going to put more wear on your tires. Some people like to do burn outs when they feel they are in a safe area to do them. However, burn outs remove a lot of tread from the tires and lead to the need to replace the tires sooner.
Whether you are making a right-hand turn, or you are parking and want to get as close to the curb as possible, be careful not to rub your tire on the curb. Rubbing your tire on the curb can cause the sidewall to become thinner and this can cause a bubble. If your tire has a bubble, do not drive the car until you replace the tire.
React Appropriately to Tire Issues
If you are driving when something happens to your tire, keep a couple things in mind. One thing to remember is that stopping quickly is never a good idea unless you are avoiding hitting something.
Another thing to remember is that maintaining control of the direction your car goes is crucial. Therefore, should anything happen to the tire, maintain proper direction, bring speed down slowly, and pullover in a safe spot.
Anytime your tire gives you a problem or you have reason to believe you aren't safe driving any further on your tire, you should have your car towed. Contact us if you need a tow and we will be happy to tow your car for you.