Driving is a serious responsibility. But even though you take great care to keep your vehicle maintained, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong. Tire blowouts are one of these roadside emergencies.
At some point, most people will have to deal with a flat tire, and it is important to be prepared. Fortunately, most tire problems are preventable with regular maintenance, and you can handle even the surprises by knowing what to do if you get stuck with a flat while out on the road.
Inspect Your Tires Regularly
Your vehicle's owner's manual should detail how often you should have your tires rotated so that they wear evenly. In addition to taking your tires in for regular servicing, you should also check them at least once a month to make sure that they are properly inflated and free of punctures.
During your inspection, check the air pressure and compare it to the recommendations in your owner's manual or on the sticker on the side of your car's door. Then, add or release air until it falls within the right guidelines for inflation.
If you do notice a problem during your inspection such as a screw in the tire or tread getting low, arrange to have the tires replaced right away. Delaying a tire repair is one of the fastest ways to end up on the side of the road.
Watch For Road Hazards
Although you might not notice an errant nail, it is important to keep an eye out for things such as potholes. When possible to do so safely, drive around objects in the road. If you are forced to drive over a pothole or large object in the road, then get your tires checked for damage as soon as possible.
Don't Overload Your Vehicle
Every vehicle has a maximum weight limit, and one of the reasons why this is there is to protect the tires from blowing out. Be cautious when you are towing or carrying heavy loads in your vehicle, and watch for signs that you are carrying too much weight such as the tires looking lower than normal.
Learn How to Drive Through a Blowout
If a blowout happens while you are driving, it is important not to panic. Simply keep your hands gripped firmly on the wheel, and turn on your hazard lights. As your car slows, gently steer it to a safe place on the side of the road where you can change your tire.
Keep Tire Changing Supplies Ready
Since you never know when a problem with your tires could happen, it is important to carry everything you need for a tire change in your roadside emergency kit. At the least, you should have a spare tire ready, along with a jack and lug wrench.
It is also helpful to have safety supplies available such as wheel wedges and a flashlight in case you are stuck working in the dark. Before you start working, set out flares and make sure that you are in a safe area.
Know When to Call For Help
There are times when it is too difficult or simply unsafe to change the tire on your own. For instance, you will need to call for a tow service if you are unable to get the lug nuts off or the weather is hazardous to your health. Never risk your safety just to change your tire when help is available.
When you have a blowout, Hix Wrecker Service is always ready to help you change your tire by the roadside or get you and your car to safety.