Tire blowouts cause about 11,000 traffic accidents each year in the U.S., according to regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
While tire blowouts can happen at any time, they are far more likely to occur during the summer – especially when vehicle tires may be in less than optimal condition. The reason for this is that the summer heat can cause the air within tires to expand, increasing the risk of a blowout if the tread or tire is worn down, etc.
So, to help you avoid a tire blowout and car accident this summer, below are some helpful tips to keep in mind, particularly if a longer summer road trip is in your near future.
What You Can Do to Avoid a Summertime Tire Blowout
1 – Maintain the optimal air pressure in your tires
Driving around with under- or overinflated tires can significantly increase the risk of a blowout, especially when road conditions are less than perfect. So, figure out what the optimal air pressure for your tires is (as recommended by the manufacturer) and make sure to maintain this pressure level in your tires.
In fact, it’s a good idea to check your tire’s air pressure every so often (like on a weekly basis if possible) and adjust the pressure if necessary.
2 – Rotate your tires
If your tires are a year or two old, getting them rotated can help you avoid uneven wear and, in doing so, can reduce the risk of a blowout.
3 – Be careful driving
Aggressive driving and poor road conditions are two more factors that can contribute to summertime tire blowouts. So, be careful driving, avoid potholes and don’t speed or slam on the brakes (if possible). Careful driving can prolong the life of your tires and prevent the damage that can increase the risks of blowouts.
4 – Get new tires before it’s too late
If it’s been more than about 3 to 4 years since you have replaced the tires on your vehicle, now may be the time to do so, as older tires will be far more susceptible to blowouts in the heat of summer.
The Bottom Line: Preventing a Blowout Can Save You Bigtime
When it comes to preventing summertime tire blowouts and car accidents, the bottom line is that the preventative steps you take now can pay off in a big way in the near future, as they can protect your family while helping you avoid a costly – and damaging – car accident this summer.
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