Car Maintenance 101: Flat Tire Prevention

Nothing that goes wrong with your car is ever convenient. But few situations are as stressful as finding yourself on a stretch of road with a tire that’s called it quits. Fortunately, just like everything else where your vehicle is concerned, there are preventative measures that you can take to prevent a flat tire from becoming an unpleasant surprise during your travels. Continue reading to learn how you can prevent a flat tire from ruining your day.

Check the Tire Pressure

Under-inflated and over-inflated tires are more prone to having problems, including flattening. You may have to consult your car’s owner manual if you’re not sure what tire pressure is best suited to your vehicle, but you should absolutely do so if necessary. Knowing the proper tire pressure for your vehicle will allow you to determine if your tires are over or under-inflated when you check them with a tire gauge.

Don’t rely on visual inspections. Also, don’t rely on your car’s low-pressure alert system, as these systems tend to only kick in when the tires are dangerously under-inflated. Check the tire pressure with a gauge, on all four tires, and inflate them as necessary to keep them at the appropriate pressure.

Minimize Your Exposure to Hazards

Sometimes a person has no choice but to drive through construction areas. Other times, an accident or inclement weather could be responsible for debris in the road that could compromise your tires. It can be unavoidable, unfortunately. Whenever you are aware of construction, an accident or inclement weather in areas where debris is common, consider planning an alternate route whenever possible.

Don’t Overload Your Car

Your car comes with a maximum weight capacity as determined by the manufacturer. You should be able to find this information, alongside the tire pressure information mentioned above, in the owner’s manual of your vehicle. An overloaded vehicle can wreak havoc on tires, especially if this is something that occurs on a regular basis.

If you are going to haul a heavy load, make sure that it does not exceed your car’s maximum capacity. If it is anywhere near this capacity, we recommend making sure that your tires are filled to their maximum safe tire pressure. This will help your vehicle to better support the load it’s carrying.

A flat tire can happen to anybody, even those who take all of the precautions detailed above. But if you actively take care of your tires by ensuring that they are adequately filled and avoid putting too much strain on your car, you can minimize the risk of this happening unexpectedly. Simply drive safe, be aware of your car’s limitations, and don’t push it beyond those limits.