Checking Your Tires Made Simple: Flat Tires

Flat Tires
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Flat tires can happen anywhere, and at anytime. There are precautionary measures you can take to help avoid them, and then there is the unavoidable. Either way, it’s important to know how to properly asses and care for the tires on your vehicle, as well as being able to deal with a flat tire should the situation arise. It is important to remember that driving on a flat or damaged tire not only presents a safety issue for the persons in the vehicle but can cause additional damage to tire and or rim deeming it unrepairable.

This tire is an example of uneven tread wear and exposed wires.
This tire is an example of uneven tread wear and exposed wires.
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This tire is an example of a over inflated tire that blown out.
This tire is an example of a over inflated tire that blown out.
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Precautionary Measures

A number of things can cause a tire to go flat. Here are some things you can look for to identify and prevent a potential flat tire.

1.Over inflation – Not only will this cause uneven tread wear in time, and decrease your response time when driving, but hitting a curb or median can cause the tire to separate from the rim or explode. Driving over inflated in severe hot weather can also cause the tire to explode when the air inside the tire expands and it reaches beyond its maximum psi.

2. Under Inflation – This too will cause uneven tread wear, and eventually causes damage to the inner and sometimes outer sidewall of the tire. This will weaken the entire structure of the tire causing it to become more vulnerable to damage. If the tires pressure is too low, driving on it can also separate it from the rim.

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