At first, you may think that a tire blowout is the same as a flat tire, but they are not the same. Flat tires typically have a slower pressure loss, whereas blowouts encompass rapid pressure loss and happen more dramatically. Because most of today's tires on the market are usually very reliable, blowouts don't occur as often as they did in the past. However, they are still possible! Here are the six most common causes of tire blowouts!
We all know that the road is a dangerous place to be. Rubble and potholes can wipe out a tire in a blink of an eye if you are not careful. You can blow out a tire when you drive over something you may not have seen while driving. Things like glass or a nail can sneak up on you and be just as dangerous as hitting a curb. Running over these items in the road in combination with poor quality tires can result in a blowout!
Too Low of Air
Underinflated tires pose a higher risk for a tire blowout. If your tires don't have enough air, the sides of your tires will wear thinner than the rest. Your tires will not spare you if a puncture like a nail grazes the side of your tires.
Tires that aren't rotated and up to the manufacturer's standards wear down unevenly, and this uneven tread wear increases your risk of many hazards, including a blowout.
Overworn or Defective Tires
Lastly, if your tires are old and need to be replaced from years of wear and tear, then you may be susceptible to blowouts. Furthermore, if they are defective, they may blow out due to the tire manufacturer's error. To stay on top of your tires' condition, you should have them inspected every 6,000 miles to ensure they are operational and safe.
For all your tire maintenance and repair needs, please bring your vehicle to Lexbrodies. Give us a call or visit if you need your tires replaced ASAP!