The beautiful, warm weather is here! At least in Florida it is. Condolences to you who live somewhere where you have not been able to break out the shorts and flip-flops yet!
The warm weather brings a whole lot of fun in the sun! It can also bring tire problems, like blowouts. Not only are tire blowouts dangerous for you and your family members in your vehicle, but also for the vehicles around you. There are a few precautions you can take to prevent tire blowouts from happening. We do not want you stranded on the side of the road with a tire blowout – waiting for help to arrive.
As we talked about last week, it is important to rotate your tires every 6,000-8,000 miles (or every six months.) It is important you check your vehicle’s owner manual for specific rotation recommendations – there may be some differences. Rotating your tires on a regular basis will help to ensure that you have uniform tire wear all year long.
Making sure that the air pressure in your tires is maintained will also help to avoid a blowout. The risk of a blowout is increased significantly if your tires are either over or under inflated. First you need to figure out what your tires’ optimal air pressure is – which is relatively simple to do. Get a tire gauge – which is not only easy to find, but also fairly inexpensive. We would recommend you check the pressure on a regular basis – especially with it heating up outside! Once you notice a change in your tires’ pressures, you can adjust as needed.
When you check the air pressure in your tires, keep an eye out for how worn out they may be. Once the tread on the tire begins to wear out, the ability for the tire to grip the road is decreased. There is a trick to checking the tread – with the use of something we all have – a penny! Put the penny head first into a tread groove. If you can see all of Mr. Lincoln’s head, it means the tire tread is not very good and you should consider changing out your tire.
Although a blowout cannot be prevented completely, for your safety (and happiness!) we recommend you try. At the event a tire blowout does occur, it is important to know how to handle the vehicle! For your safety, do not slam on the brakes! Make sure you keep a firm grip on the steering wheel and let your car gradually slow down. Once your vehicle is at a safe speed, pull over to the side of the road and immediately put your hazards on. We do hope you never have to experience a tire blow out! And when it is time to change out your tires, you know who to call.