Does the tire in this picture look familiar? If it does, you’ve probably experienced a tire blowout. Tire blowout causes are varied, but they all contribute to a dangerous and surprisingly common problem. Blowouts can make drivers lose control and crash their cars — hurting themselves and others.
Read here to find out ways to avoid the most common tire blowout causes.
What are the Most Common Tire Blowout Causes?
These simple maintenance issues often lead to blowouts when neglected:
Air Pressure Problems
- Abnormal air pressure levels harm your tires.
- Tires can be both under-inflated and over-inflated.
- Under-inflated tires are more easily worn-down, which can lead to blowouts. Over-inflated tires may pop under too much weight, like a balloon.
- As we mentioned, tires can wear down and pop under too much weight.
- Tires have weight limits which need to be considered.
Cuts or Punctures
- Tiny holes in your tires can easily be ripped open while driving, causing a full-on tire blowout.
- Nails, road debris, curbs, and potholes are all examples of things that can cut or puncture a tire.
How to Avoid Tire Blowouts
The tire blowout in the video above leads to a surprisingly smooth finish, but they usually don’t end so nicely. Here are some tips about the tire blowout causes we identified:
- Watch for the tire pressure light on your dashboard. Have an auto worker correct the pressure, or do it yourself with an air hose and a pressure gauge. You can often find these hoses at gas stations.
- Don’t pack your car past its weight limit.
- There is a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door frame that tells you what your tires’ weight limit is.
Cut or puncture
- Try to avoid objects like nails and obstacles like potholes if you can do so safely.
- Even things in the road that look harmless can puncture your tires.
Keep up on general tire care
- Take care of your tires. If you notice a flat or have concerns about them at all, take them to a professional auto shop.
If you’ve been in an accident because of a tire blowout or because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to win a settlement to cover your costs. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.