Healthy tires that live longer and perform better aren’t the result of luck. Occasionally, bad things happen to good tires, but for the most part, the best way to avoid tire damage is by being a conscientious driver.
Good driving habits will help keep your tires in good shape and keep you safe, and it’ll also save you money since you won’t have to repair or replace your tires as frequently.
Top Four Ways to Avoid Tire Damage
Drive at safe, steady speeds
Your mother might have said, “You don’t need to get there first. You need to get there alive.” She was right. But driving at a safe speed for the road and the weather is also best for your tires. Fast driving and unsteady driving—suddenly speeding up and slowing down—can cause friction stress and prematurely wear your tires.
Avoid potholes, curbs and debris
In the span of your tire’s life, it’ll be almost impossible to avoid everything the road throws at your tires. From driveway lips to potholes, there are a lot of hazards out there that can damage your tire. As temperatures warm at the end of winter, roads can get bumpy with potholes. Your tire can be punctured or damaged beyond repair if a pothole is hit hard enough.
It’s important not to swerve suddenly to avoid a pothole, though. To ensure the safety of yourself and the drivers around you, check first to see if you can safely change lanes. The best thing to do is drive at safe speeds in the first place so you can slow down and minimize the impact of a pothole if you need to drive over one.
Avoid overloading your vehicle
Just because the back of your truck can fit all that green basement carpet, the broken fridge and that old fence, doesn’t mean your tires are up for the task. The same goes for pulling a trailer plus coolers of food and your teenagers out to the lake.
Overloading can severely damage your tire or even cause a blowout, especially if it’s already injured or underinflated. How do you know how much your tires can carry? Check your owner’s manual or the placard inside your vehicle door for the Gross Vehicular Weight Rating. Our load index guide is also handy.
If you need to carry extra heavy loads for that boat or your son’s new yard cleaning venture, check your tire’s maximum load on the sidewall. If your load weighs that amount or less, you’ll need to inflate your tires to the maximum pressure so your tires are ready to carry the maximum load. It’s important that you never exceed your tire’s max pressure.
Keep your tires properly inflated
This is the easiest way to ensure your tires live longer. The air in your tires allow it carry your cargo and your vehicle. When your tires are underinflated, everything inside your tire can weaken from overflexing. That’s when your tire is susceptible to failure, especially if you’re not following the above tips for safe driving and overloading.
When you want to make sure your tires are properly inflated, stop by a Kal Tire location near you so we can help.
Do you have any other tips for avoiding tire damage? What kinds of tire damage do you have to watch out for in your neck of the woods?