Is a flat tire a constant concern for you? Check out some tips on how to avoid this situation with your car:
Always keep your tires calibrated. Flat tires with less air than they should have less pressure and resistance, making them more susceptible to punctures. Keep an eye out, and whenever possible use the free calibrators available at gas stations.
Be careful to fill the tire with just enough air as indicated by the manufacturer. Refer to the vehicle manual for recommendations to avoid over or under pressure.
Observe the depth of the tire trims, which should not be less than or equal to 1.6 mm, which will indicate that it is worn, increasing the chances of accidents. In addition, this is also an indication that the tire is thinner and more prone to punctures from any sharp or cutting object that may pass through the streets. Therefore, it is important to periodically check the condition of the tires, since the more worn, the less safety they offer to the driver and passengers of the vehicles.
A misaligned vehicle can cause abnormal and uneven tire wear, increasing the likelihood of punctures in the most worn parts. When driving, always pay attention to the alignment of the wheels and look for a specialized professional when you realize that the steering is not completely aligned.
In adverse weather conditions, special attention is needed. Heavy rain and hail make visibility difficult, so drive carefully to avoid driving your car over surfaces that could puncture the tire.
The same goes for big gusts and mainly floods. Strong winds can spread sharp objects along the route. Avoid passing the car in flooded areas, because in addition to running the risk of getting stuck, it is not possible to know what is submerged and you could end up with a flat tire in the middle of the flood.
Steering and spare tire
The way you drive will also influence tire durability. Avoid sudden changes in direction and unexpected braking that can consume rubber unnecessarily. Also, take special care when driving on uneven and rough terrain. Stay tuned, periodically check that there is no debris or objects accumulated in the tire cracks, which can alter the pressure increasing wear and even the chances of an accident.
Even following all the tips above, it is still possible for your tire to puncture while driving. If this happens, be prepared, always have a hydraulic jack at your disposal, and do not forget to keep the spare tire in good condition: calibrated and ready for use. If it has already been used in another situation, ensure that it is replaced or recovered as soon as possible, so as not to be surprised in emergency situations.