Whether you are driving with a group of friends or headed to see your relatives who live far away, a flat tyre can end up ruining your plans. But, you know what, with the right precautionary steps and preventive maintenance; you can certainly avoid a flat tyre.
In order to know how to prevent a flat tyre, go through the five tips that we’ve mentioned below and implement each one of the points below.
1. Check the tyre pressure
It is vital to ensure that your car’s tyres are inflated properly. Therefore, it is advised that you always use a calibrated tyre pressure gauge to check the pressure in each one of them, including the spare one, at least once a month. If you don’t know the recommended tyre pressure, check your car’s manual or take a look at the label on the edge of driver’s side door or the door jamb.
To know the exact amount of pressure present in your tyres, check their pressure before driving your car, as warm tyres may lead to a fluctuation in the pressure.
If your car is equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system, don’t wait till it gives you a warning to get them filled with air. Also, don’t just rely on a visual inspection, as a tyre may have already lost half of its air before it begins to look flat. A proper inflation will not only prevent a flat tyre, but also extend your tyre’s lifespan and fuel efficiency.
2. Rotate your tyres
In order to prolong your tyres’ life and avoid wear and tear, it is advisable that you rotate your car’s tyres regularly. Refer to your car’s manual to know how often the tyre should be rotated. The recommendations may vary from every 5,000 to 10,000 miles.
Whether you go to a mechanic or rotate your tyres yourself, it is a very good opportunity to take a closer look at the treads and sidewalls for any damage and make sure that your car’s tyres are properly inflated.
3. Avoid hazards
While, at times, it can be unavoidable, try to take an alternate route and, avoid unmaintained roads and active construction zones. Such areas are full of metal shards, nails, glasses and sharp rocks that may cause a puncture or flat tyre. Also, try to avoid a road filled with potholes, as it may damage your car’s tyres, wheels and other parts.
If you find cracks or bulges in your tyre, then it may have been an end result of them hitting a pothole or a road full of debris. Also, keep in mind that an underinflated tyre is more likely to suffer the damage should the impact occur. So, to avoid hazards, replace the bulged or cracked tyre as fast as possible and ensure everyone’s safety.
4. Don’t overload
You remember the label we talked about in the first tip? Well, take a look at it again as it also mentions the maximum load your car can carry. Make a note of that number when loading your car with heavy goods, as an overloaded vehicle may end up jeopardising your car’s tyres.
If you have no other option and have to transport that heavy load by your car, ensure that your car’s tyres are having enough pressure. This way the tyres will be able to support that heavy load. Also, if your tyres are inflated to the maximum pressure, take a look at the sides of your tyres, as it will help you understand how much weight they can carry.
5. Keep tabs on tyre recalls
There are situations beyond your control, where the tyre itself may pose as a potential hazard. So, it’s always good to stay updated with your car’ manufacturers’ recalls related to the car. To stay safe, register your car on the manufacturer’s site to receive emails regarding recalls for your car.
While we can’t guarantee that you will never face a flat tyre in the distant future, you can surely take some preventive measures that will help you avoid one. By carrying out basic tyre maintenance, you can drive with no worries whatsoever!
And while you are trying to avoid a flat tyre, why not look out for your whole car? Ensure that the engine oil is replaced, brakes are serviced and it shines like a new one by getting it wrapped from a reputable car wrapping company.