Tire Maintenance Tips

Probably the most common need for roadside assistance is a flat or blown tire. In a pinch, Will Tow will come rescue on the road from an emergency like this, but we want you to be as prepared and proactive about this situation as possible so we are going to teach you a little bit about tire maintenance.

Proper inflation pressure is very important for optimum performance, safety and fuel savings. To maintain proper tire pressure, try to check your tires often, at least once a month. Make sure they are cool and you didn’t just stop driving and use an accurate pressure gauge. Tire inflation is especially important before long trips in which the vehicle can be worn a little more than usual and the owner is farther away from a comfortable repair shop or possibly in the middle of nowhere. Always check and inflate your tires before a long trip.

There is always a recommended level at which the manufacturer states the tire pressure should be kept and is usually found on the vehicle placard or in an owner’s manual. Maintaining tire pressure is the most crucial way to promote tire durability and tread life. Similarly, under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure which can lead to severe cracking, component separation, or the dreaded blow-out.

The next tip is to avoid spinning your tires excessively. The common reaction when a vehicle is stuck in snow, ice, mud or sand is to spin the tires in an attempt to grab and get out. This can be dangerous as the centrifugal forces generated by a free-spinning tire may cause sudden tire explosion. In this scenario, never exceed 35 miles an hour and use a gentle backward and forward rocking motion to free your vehicle.

Check your tires for wear frequently. Tires should be removed when they reach 2/32” remaining tread depth. All new tires have tread-wear indicators that appear as smooth banks in the tread grooves when they wear to the before mentioned limit. Many wet weather accidents occur when someone skids on bald or nearly bald tires and worn tires also become more susceptible to puncture damages.

Because anything can happen to your tires, it is important to check them at least once a month for damage to ensure your safety. Impacts, penetrations, cracks, knots, bulges, and air loss always requires tire removal and inspection and possibly repair by a qualified professional.

If possible, try not to overload your vehicle. Your owner’s manual will have a recommended limit which should not be exceeded because it can cause poor handling, increased fuel consumption and increases risk of tire failure. In extreme cases, overloading your vehicle can lead to sever cracking or a sudden blowout.

To prevent vibration and irregular tire wear, make sure to have your tires regularly rotated, well inflated, balanced and aligned as well as replacing worn suspension parts. The problem with misalignment is that it can cause erratic scrubbing against the road which gives the tire a saw-tooth appearance and unbalanced tires lead to vibration which can cause driver fatigue, premature tire wear and unnecessary wear to the vehicle’s suspension.

If it is possible and you know how to change a tire, keep a spare on hand at all times. This can save you a lot of time and money in repairing your vehicle and getting back on the road. Even if you don’t know how to change a tire, keep a spare tire anyway so that a roadside assistance provider can help you more easily.

Now that you know a little more about tire maintenance, we hope you can avoid a roadside emergency in the future. However, if you do find yourself in this unfortunate situation, Will Tow is open 24 hours today to help you out. Give us a call if you have any questions or need assistance and we will be with you as soon as we possibly can.

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