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Tire Safety Hazards that are out of your hands

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Tire Safety Tips - Tire Inflation

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Tire Safety Hazards that are out of your hands

While good tire maintenance can go a long way towards ensuring your safety on the road, the fact remains that tires can indeed fail through no fault of the motorist. There are several warning signs to pay attention to that could indicate to you that your tires may require replacement or repair.

The first and most obvious indicator is a tire that seems to be frequently low on air pressure. If you notice that one of your tires seems to be low on air several mornings in a row, no matter how many times you fill it up to the required pressure, you should have the tire examined by a mechanic to determine exactly what is causing the pressure loss. Frequently, a small puncture is found in the tread of the tire itself, almost always caused by a sharp foreign object which may still be lodged in the hole. It is important to have this object removed, and then, if the hole is small enough to not affect the structural integrity, have it plugged.

A pressure loss may also result from either a poor seal with the rim, or a damaged tire valve. Both of these conditions should be considered serious, as they could lead to a sudden loss of tire pressure while driving. Even if you tire seems to have no visible punctures, if it is consistently losing air you should take it to a mechanic, who can replace the valve stem and reseal the tire to the rim. Both of these procedures are inexpensive, especially when comparing them to the consequences of a blowout.

Another sign that a tire needs to be replace is a bulge in the sidewall. Often caused by impact with a pothole or a curb, any bulge, no matter how small, indicates that the integrity of the tire has been compromised at that point, and that the steel belts inside the tire are no longer as strong as they need to be in order to ensure safe operation. While it may seem safe to drive around town with a small bulge in a tire’s sidewall, at highway speeds the pressures on a tire increase significantly, and the chance of a catastrophe is too great to put off replacing your tire in the hopes of saving a few dollars. When having the tire replaced, an inspection of the rim should also be performed, in order to verify that the bulge-causing impact did not also damage the wheel.

A final word of caution goes out to those who have placed their vehicles in storage for an extended period of time. Immobile tires, no matter how climate controlled the environment they are stored in, have a tendency to ‘dry rot’ – that is, to weaken slowly over time until they are no longer safe for road use. You can usually see very small cracks in the sidewall of a tire that has started to succumb to dry rot. Tires exhibiting these characteristics should be replaced before the vehicle is driven out of storage. A good way to avoid losing tires to this hazard is to store your vehicle on older, or second hand tires that can be thrown away after the storage period.