Reduce Your Chances of a Flat TireReduce Your Chances of a Flat Tire

Regular Tire Inspections:

  • Check for any visible damage like cuts, cracks, or bulges on the sidewalls or tread of the tires.

  • Look for foreign objects like nails or glass embedded in the tire.

Maintain Proper Tire Pressure:

  • Use a tire pressure gauge to check your tires' air pressure at least once a month and before long trips.

  • Inflate tires to the pressure recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, usually found in the owner's manual or on a sticker in the driver's side door jamb.

Monitor Tire Tread Depth:

  • Regularly check the tread depth. The minimum legal tread depth is 2/32 of an inch. Use the penny test: insert a penny into the tread with Lincoln's head down; if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, it's time to replace the tire.

  • Uneven wear patterns may indicate alignment, balance, or suspension issues that need to be addressed.

Avoid Overloading Your Vehicle:

  • Exceeding your vehicle’s maximum load limit can put excessive pressure on your tires, increasing the risk of a blowout.

  • Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for its load capacity.

Regular Tire Rotation and Balancing:

  • Rotate your tires as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual, usually every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.

  • Have your tires balanced periodically to prevent uneven wear.

Promptly Address Tire Damage:

  • If you notice any damage or irregularities in your tires, have them inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary.

Additional Tip:

Consider investing in a quality set of tires. While they may be more expensive initially, they tend to have better construction and durability, which can reduce the likelihood of a flat tire.

By following these preventive measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of experiencing a flat tire and ensure a safer and more reliable driving experience.