7 Ways to Prevent Flat Tires
Any driver who’s experienced a flat tire can tell you it’s not a fun experience. Whether you’re running late to work or on your way to an important event, they always seem to happen at the worst possible times. The good news is there are preventative measures you can take to avoid your car tires failing and Toyota of Clermont is here to fill you in. Check out these 7 ways to avoid a flat.
Expert care for your car tires
It’s a no-brainer that tires are very important. After all, they’re the only part of your car in contact with the road, hence why they’re so vulnerable. Studies show flats and blowouts are a leading cause of highway traffic accidents. That being said, keeping up with your tires not only can convenience you but can also help avoid potential collisions. Check out these tips from our Clermont Toyota techs:
Regularly check air pressure
One of the most common causes of blowouts and flats is underinflated tires. When car tires are below their set PSI (pounds per square inch) they expand and produce more friction. That friction turns into excessive heat which usually leads to a blowout. To avoid this, check your air pressure regularly. You can easily do this at your local gas station.
Watch for uneven wear
Inspect your tread regularly for uneven wear. Frequent fast starts and sudden stops break down tread more quickly and cause the rubber to break down irregularly.
Avoid construction sites
If possible, find alternative routes to avoid active construction sites and poorly maintained roads. Nails, glass, metal, rocks, potholes, among other debris, are common in these areas and put you at risk of puncturing your car tires.
Purchase high-quality tires
When you’re in the market for new tires, be sure to pay attention to tread. You want to purchase tires with a thick, puncture resistant build. Our Clermont service techs recommend looking for tires with good wear warranties.
Keep your tires’ maximum load rafting number in mind when loading up. You can find this number on the sidewall of your car tires near the center. By never exceeding this number you avoid potential tire failure from overloaded tires.
Keep up with tire recalls
Tire recalls are not unheard of. Faulty materials and manufacturing defects can lead to tread separation, flats, and blowouts. Sign up for the NHTSA’s Tire and Vehicle Recall Information email alerts to stay in the know about tire recalls.
Take special precautions with spares
If you find yourself with a flat tire and having to drive on your spare, exercise extreme caution. Spare tires are not meant for high speeds or long distances. Do not exceed 50 mph and drive straight to our Clermont dealership to get an affordable new car tire.
Tire matching at Toyota of Clermont
If despite all of these efforts you still manage to get a flat tire, come to Toyota of Clermont. We will match any tire price to ensure you get the best deal on the best tire for your ride. Find us at 16851 State Road 50 just off the Florida Turnpike.