Here are important tire safety tips that could save your life.
1. Maintain the right tire pressure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study on tire-related crashes and found out thatUnderinflationis the leading cause of tire failure. Underinflation may have several causes which includes: loss of pressure gradually through the membrane in the tire itself. Low pressure on tires will result in problems maneuvering your car. It is highly recommended to check and adjust tire pressure at least once a month.
2. Inspect for any abnormal wear or damage regularly. There are some instances that a tire already has some huge damage due to normal use even if you expect it to retire a little bit longer. Make a visual inspection to ensure the maximum life and safety of your tire. You should take essential measures if you see tire signs like:
- uneven tread wear. It will reflect from improper inflation or misalignment.
- any cracks or bulges on the sidewalls.
- signs of foreign objects inserted like nails, screws, pieces of stones or glass.
If any of these situations is detected then make complete diagnoses immediately.
3. Tire Rotation. Tire rotation must be done when you reach 6000 miles or based on owner’s manual to achieve maximum tire life and get an even tread tear. Example: wheels on the front are usually used in braking, steering and driving forces so it will tear faster compared to those wheels at the rear. Here’s the common rotation patter: left-front tire to the right-rear axle and the right-front tire to the left-rear axle. This way you’d be able to maximize the life of your precious tire.
4. Proper Balance in Tires. Maintain the right balance for your car. An experience car technician can determined the out-of-balance problems by just driving the car. Might as well rely on their expertise.
5. Misalignment of the steering and suspension results to instability of the vehicle and an awkward effect when moving. It can easily ruin a tire in just a short time and distance.
6. Avoid overloading the tire. Overloading is the second most common tire failure. Tires are designed to a particular load range so to avoid excessive wear and unexpected failure make sure to take serious action when this issue arises.
7. Overheating your tires will result to serious damage shortening its maximum life span. Primary contributors to a high tire temperatures are: high speeds, underinflation, high loads, bad pavement or concrete, hard braking, aggressive driving among others.
8. Replace Tires if necessary. If above mentioned defects are detected then it is wise to purchase a new one.
9. Matched pair your tires.
10. Choose the right tires and driving environment for your vehicle.