Tips for Preventing Flat TiresNothing transforms a warm summer day into stifling misery on the roadside faster than a flat tire. If you’re traveling at high speeds, a blowout can be dangerous and certainly scary. It seems that flat tires are unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part to prevent flats from ruining your day. We have 6 sure fire tips to prolong the life of your tires.

1. Check Your Tire Pressure

Check the owner’s manual for the proper PSI (pounds per square inch) for your tires and be sure they’re inflated to the correct pressure. Vehicles ride rough and are more difficult to control when the tires are overinflated. If your tires are underinflated, they’re more prone to wear and will often do so unevenly.

2. Check Your Tires Regularly

It is essential to check your tires regularly to ensure they’re in good condition and that they’re wearing evenly. Your tire tread can wear thin from fast starts, hard stops and from city driving (where you are required to make frequent stops and starts).

3. Consider Tread When Purchasing Tires

When buying tires, consider tires with a thick puncture resistant tread. You might want to consider buying tires with a higher mileage warranty.

4. Avoid Roads Near Construction Sites

If it’s at all possible, stay away from roads and streets near construction sites. Your car can encounter nails, screws and glass that might puncture your tires.

5. Maintain Your Brakes

One of the best ways to prevent uneven wear and tear is to regularly check your brakes. Brakes that are worn or that are ill-adjusted can create uneven wear on wheels, resulting in unevenly worn tires.

6. Treat Your Spare With Care

If you do get a flat tire and need to use your compact spare tire, avoid driving on it for extended distances. Most temporary spares are designed to travel up to 50 miles per hour and  only intended to travel a distance of 50 miles. Check your owner’s manual to be certain.

To have your brakes or tires checked, set up an appointment with our service department.