How to Avoid Tire Blowout

Car Safety Tips

Take Care of Your Tire Blowout

Tire blowouts can happen for a many reasons. Thankfully, blowouts are avoidable when you maintain all of the necessary checks on your car.

Pressure

Underinflated tires are one of the main causes of tire blowouts, which can result in serious car accidents. Check all of your tires monthly and before major road trips for proper inflation, bulges, cuts, abrasions and impact damage that may occur during driving. Properly inflated tires can prolong tire life and contribute to better fuel efficiency.

       
  • You can find your vehicle's specific inflation amount displayed on your doorsill, glove box door or fuel door, and it is also listed in your vehicle owner's manual.   
  • Check your tire pressure after your tires have cooled down. It usually takes about three hours for the tires to cool.   
  • Check out the inside of your tires! Do this by turning the wheels outward and inspecting the tread and sidewalls for hidden damage.   
  • Tire inflation pressure increases in warm weather and decreases in colder weather. Your tires gain or lose 1-2 pounds for every 10 degrees of temperature change.   
  • Checking your tire air pressure only takes about five minutes. The best way to do this is with a properly working analog or digital tire gauge, available at Coggin DeLand Honda.   
       

Alignment

         Hitting a curb or pothole can throw your front end out of alignment and damage your tires.
       
  • Check your alignment as specified by your vehicle owner's manual or whenever there is an indication of trouble, such as pulling.   
  • Misalignment of wheels can cause uneven and rapid tread wear, and should be corrected by a professional service technician.  
   

Rotation

Rotate your vehicle's tires regularly to help you achieve more uniform wear. Always rotate tires at mileage intervals as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer to prevent premature and irregular tire wear.
       
  • Refer to your vehicle owner's manual for rotation recommendations.   
  • If you cannot find your specific recommendation, approximately every 6,000 to 8,000 miles is a good guideline for tire rotation.

Tread

Advanced or unusual wear can reduce your tire's ability to grip the road. Check your tires for uneven wear, looking for high and low areas or unusually smooth areas. Also check for signs of damage.
      
  • Inspect all tires on a normal basis for irregular tire wear and a minimum 4/32 of an inch tread depth.  
  • Many tire manufacturers and governmental agencies say that traction is compromised when as much as 4/32 of an inch of tread depth is remaining.   
  • An easy test: place a penny upside down into a tread groove. If most of Lincoln's head is covered by the tread, there is a proper amount of tread. If all of Lincoln's head is visible, a new tire purchase is recommended.