An estimated 33,000 accidents occur each year due to tire failure. Approximately 11,000 of those are due to blowouts. This results in an estimated 200-400 deaths per year in the US. Below are 9 tips to help preserve your tires, and maybe your life.
- Always check tire pressure before every trip. An underinflated tire can cause a blowout.
- An aftermarket tire pressure monitor can make checking tire pressure effortless.
- The tire pressure should be the same for all tires on the same axle.
- Always check the tire pressure when they are at ambient temperature. They gain pressure when they get hot.
- Get a tire pressure monitor that also monitors the temperature of the tires. The standard high temperature of tires is 156, and the maximum safe temperature of tires is 167 degrees.
- Keep the newest tires on the front, because a blowout on the front is much more dangerous.
- Regardless of miles driven, tires can become unsafe in 5-7 years due to weathering and cracking. The date a tire was manufactured is stamped on the tire. Look for a line that begins with DOT. The last 4 digits are the month and year of manufacture.
- Use tire covers to protect your tires from the sun. Anything that blocks sunlight will be beneficial.
- Don’t overload your rig. Overloading increases the stress on your tires. Add that to any of the above problems, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.