Tire blow outs can be a frightening experience. Not only are they extremely dangerous to yourself and others, they can also cause damage to your vehicle and the tires themselves.
Blowouts happen when the tire is unable to withstand excessive pressure. This may be due to wear on the tire or a puncture to the tire.
The tire is made up of two parts: the tread and the body. The tread is the part of the tire that contacts the road. It is made up of a rubber compound that has high slip properties (traction). The body serves as the support structure for your vehicle and holds air.
The most common type of blow outs are punctures in your tires.
What causes a blowout?
Most blowouts are caused by a puncture, either from hitting a nail or other object in your tire or even by driving over a sharp rock.
Tires may also have excessive wear on the tread and/or body. This causes the tire to be unable to support the weight of your vehicle and will cause a blowout.
If you have sharp objects in your tire, this can also cause a blow out if they pierce the tire wall.
Driving on worn tires can also cause blowouts because of excessive wear on your tread or body. Excessive wear on your tires can make them prone to punctures and blow outs. If you see that you are losing traction or notice an increase in noise from your tires, it is time for a replacement.
Top reason for Tire blow out in Summer:
The top reason for blow outs in the summer is excessive heat and high temperatures. Hot temperatures can cause your tires to become overexposed to the heat which can cause blowouts.
Think about an egg in a frying pan. If you put an egg in a frying pan and turn up the heat, it will explode. This is because of the different expansion rates between the egg whites and yolk. The same can happen to your tires.
In addition to heating, hot temperatures will also speed up wear on your tires as well as damage to your tire body and tread. This includes pitting of the sidewall due to the high temperature from heat exposure along with cracks developing in the treads due to temperature changes causing excessive flexing of your tire’s rubber compound.
It is important when you are driving during hot weather that you remember that vehicle manufacturers recommend that you drive at a reduced speed during high temperatures when possible because of pressure build up within your tires which may cause a blow out if you exceed normal driving speeds.
Temperature changes can also cause an increase in wear on your tire’s rubber compounds and body giving rise to cracks, pitting or breakage within your tire’s sidewall.
Tips to avoid tire blowouts:
If you live in a hot area, it is important that you have your tires checked for wear regularly. If you see cracks in the sidewall or excessive pitting, you should have them replaced immediately because they can cause blowouts. You should also check your tire pressure regularly and keep an eye on the tread wear especially if you drive on rough roads.
How to survive a blow out:
If you are unfortunate enough to have a blowout while you are driving, there are a few things that you can do to avoid an accident:
Do not panic. If you panic, it will only make the situation worse. Stay calm and think of your options.
Assess the situation. If you are on a straight road, stay in your lane and maintain your speed. If you are on a tipsy road or cornering, slow down to avoid sliding out of control and losing control of your vehicle or causing an accident within your vehicle. If you have ABS brakes, use them!
If you can feel that your vehicle is losing traction because of a flat tire, try to slow down as much as possible to decrease the force on the tire(s) that are still holding pressure. This will decrease the chances of the blown tire coming off completely and causing damage to other vehicles around yours or even yourself if there is no one else around at that time.
However if it does come off completely and spin away from your vehicle, try not to swerve at all because with little traction left on the pavement from the blown tire, this could cause the remaining tires to lose traction and follow suit causing an accident.
Tire Rotation Trick:
If you have a nail in your tire, it is important that you do not drive your vehicle in this condition. If at all possible, have the tire repaired and inspected to make sure that there are no other nails or sharp objects that could cause a blow out later on. If you do not see any other nails or sharp objects, try to remove the nail with pliers or a nail puller if possible. If it is lodged too deeply into the tire for you to reach, try to identify where in the tire it is located so that when you get to a repair station, they can look for it quickly and attempt to remove it.
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