Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Tire blowouts can happen for various reasons, but they are relatively easy to avoid as long as you keep the following tips in mind.

First of all, pay attention to your tire pressure. Overinflation and underinflation are the leading causes of tire blowouts, so consult your vehicle's manual to find the ideal psi for your tires, and check the pressure often with a tire gauge. Keep in mind that tires gain or lose up to two pounds of pressure for every ten degrees of temperature change.

Second of all, you need to keep an eye on the state of your tires. Treads that have worn down, bulges in the tire wall, and tires that are out of alignment can all contribute to a blowout.

Finally, pay attention to your tire pressure monitoring system light if you have one in your vehicle. These lights can turn on and off if you have to deal with major temperature changes, but a light that stays on can indicate a problem with one or more of your tires. If this happens or if you suspect that your tires are headed for a blowout, get your vehicle to a dealership or mechanic as soon as possible.
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