One of the most common requests for roadside assistance is to help change out a flat or damaged tire. A tire can be damaged or go flat without warning. When you do have a flat tire and you need help, you can call your preferred towing and roadside assistance service to come and help you. We can arrive to your location quickly, get your tire changed and get you back on the road. Today Calderon Tow & Auto would like to share some of the common causes of tire flats and how you can prevent being on the side of the road with a flat tire.
Road Debris Can Cause a Flat Tire
To avoid a flat tire, a blowout, or other type of tire damage, you will need to start by being aware of road conditions. The road’s condition is huge when it comes to the welfare of your vehicle’s tires. Some common road problems that can result in a blowout or flat tire are potholes, uneven paved roads, and of course, road debris. When on the road you should always be looking out for potential road hazards that can damage your tires.
Does the Weather Affect Your Tires?
The weather or the temperature can have a major effect on your tires. For example, in the winter the tire’s air pressure will drop which will lead to uneven tire wear and weaken the tire exterior. During the summer it can become very hot which will cause the pressure in your tires to increase. If the pressure is too high, the tires can blowout. During the summer and winter seasons it is important to monitor your tire’s air pressure and make the needed adjustment to avoid tire failures.
Leaking Tire Valve Stem
Tires can become flat when their stem valve become loose and begins to leak out the air. The stem valve is a small pin like piece in the center of the tire’s valve. That small pin screws into the valve, which means it can become unscrewed and allow the air to leak out. To prevent air leaking out through the stem valve, make sure to check you tire’s valve stem and make sure they are screwed in tightly.
Monitor Tire Wear
A car’s tire is not designed to last forever. As you drive, your tires will be slowly worn away until they become bald. When tires are considered bald, your vehicle is potentially dangerous. The tire can no longer grip the road and the outside is weakened. This means your tire can blow out suddenly and cause an accident. It is important to monitor your tire’s tread and make sure they are not to low or becoming bald. A tire’s tread will range from 10/32 to 11/31 on an inch high. However as you drive your vehicle, the tire tread will become lower and lower. To know when you need new tires use a penny. Place the penny so that Lincoln’s head is upside down, if you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it is time to get new tires.