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Inspecting Your Tires in Sixty Seconds

The wheels on your vehicle are one of the most important parts of your car. Because of this, it is crucial to have your tires checked at least monthly to make sure they are in good condition for driving. Below are some simple steps you can take to help find any potential problems with your tires and to help you avoid any dangerous issues on the road.

  • Walk around your vehicle: when there is plenty of light outside to help you see things easily, take a thorough walk around your vehicle.
  • Look for any tread wear that is uneven: it is likely you will need to have your tires rotated if your wheels have treadwear that is uneven. The tread on your tires is dependent on the kind of tires you have mounted. When the tread where is uneven, there are a couple of reasons it could be so. Your tires may have too little or too much air pressure, you may be having balancing or alignment issues, or you can have suspension or steering problems.
  • Look for any bulging or cracking in your sidewalls or treads: these could be due to a weakness in your tire. Bulging and cracking are typically caused by hitting a curb or pothole.
  • Look for anything protruding into your tire: on occasion, you may find thing sticking out of your tire. These things are often dependent on where you live our park your car regularly.
  • Check for tire treads that are worn: use a penny to check your tread. With a penny stuck in the groove, look at Lincoln’s head. If Lincoln’s head is touched by the tread, your tires are okay. If not, you need to purchase new ones soon.

Any of the above problems could cause your tire to blowout.  It’s terrible to lose control – trust me. One day I was driving to my brother’s company, JT’s Tree Service Orange County, and my front tire blew. If you have ever driven in Orange County you know the traffic is terrific at all times of the day.  I luckily was able to regain control and pull over to the side, but my life definitely flashed before me.

Anytime you lose control over your car is a dangerous situation. If you find any of the problems listed above, it is best to schedule a time to go into your local car shop to have your tires professionally checked.

Handling a Tire Blowout

When you have a tire blowout, it can be a struggle to avoid having an accident. Your instincts will kick in and what you do next can make a difference between life and death for you and others around you. Staying calm and controlling your vehicle is the most important thing you can do.

I tire blowout can happen instantly, regardless of how fast you are traveling. When it happens, your vehicle will slow down and pull either to the left or right, depending on which tire blew. Also, if your rear tire blows, you will fill the extra movement in the body of the car or the seat. If the front tire blows out, the force will be felt more in the steering will. Below are some guidelines to help you prepare for what to do if you experience a tire blowout.

  1. Hold your steering wheel firmly.
  2. Never slam on your brakes.
  3. Gradually allow your car to slow down.
  4. Slowly move your vehicle to the side of the road.
  5. Engage your emergency flashers.
  6. Phone for help.

Once your car safely on the side of the road and your flashers are activated, you can get out of your car and complete the following steps.

  1. If you have them, put out reflective triangles or cones.
  2. Find your spare tire. If you don’t know where to look, consult your owner’s manual. The manual should also tell you where the tools you will need are located. Remember, you should not drive on a spare that is not full-sized for long distances.
  3. If you do not know how to change your tire or are in a place where it is unsafe to do so, phone for roadside assistance.

Luckily, with proper upkeep and monitoring your air pressure, tire blowouts can be avoided. Always check your tires every month and before any major road trips to make sure they are properly inflated and do not need to be changed.