It’s common wisdom that you shouldn’t neglect any object that comes between you and the ground. That includes the shoes you walk in, the mattress you sleep on, and of course, the tires on your truck. Most tire blowouts could be prevented with proper maintenance, so why not check out these five easy tips for preventing a sudden flat tire that could cost you precious travel time.
No matter how responsibly you drive, your tires are slowly losing air over time. Consistently low pressure can significantly decrease the lifespan of a tire, and driving on underinflated tires increases your chance of a blowout. As much as keeping tires inflated may seem like a chore, it can save a great deal of time and money in the long run.
It’s easy to forget about tires when you have so much else to think about, but putting a routine in place is a great way to make sure you stay on top of things. In addition to the occasional close inspection, take a walk around your truck every time you’re about to hop in and drive. Check for proper inflation, but also keep an eye out for any sharp, foreign objects your tires may have picked up on the trip.
Keep an Eye On The Tread
Tread plays an important role in protecting tires, with an extra bonus of making sure you don’t suddenly slide off the road. The wear on your tread is a great indicator of how much life they have left, and uneven wear is a warning sign too. Once the tread is gone, a blowout isn’t too far behind.
Don’t Cheap Out
Believe it or not, the quality of your truck’s tires is very important. Some brands include features that protect your tires from disaster, like protective materials that heal punctures and abrasions. Once you know you’ve got the right tires, keep an eye out for possible recalls.
Perched atop the throne of a big rig, drivers can feel pretty invincible. But a huge truck with tires full of nails is no better than a broken bicycle. Use your brain and keep your distance (when possible) from hazardous looking areas like sloppy construction sites.
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