Here, we’ll get into some of the most common causes of flat tires, and offer up tips on how to avoid – and repair – them.
What causes a flat tire?
There are a few reasons you may get a flat, including:
Changes in the temperature can have a huge effect on your tires; a 12⁰ C drop in temperature can result in fluctuations of 1 pounds per square inch (psi). This means that extreme weather can cause either over or under inflation of your tire, depending on whether it’s hot or cold outside. If the pressure in your tire increases beyond what the tire can handle it could cause a leakage or flat tire.
To avoid this, check your tire pressure regularly. The recommended pressure for your tires will depend on the type and brand. Find out what the recommended pressure is, and check that it’s up to par by using a tire pressure gauge or checking your car’s tire pressure monitoring system.
Debris like nails and screws are often the culprit of sudden flats. While these can be difficult or near impossible to avoid while driving, your best bet is to avoid taking rods that are in bad shape. Stay off rough terrain and go slow over potholes to minimize the chances of damaging your tires.
Wear & tear
With every mile driven and with every rotation of your tires, they’ll slowly start to wear down naturally as the tread becomes shallow. Tires will wear down at varying rates, depending on your driving habits as well as the vehicle itself.
Fortunately, this issue can be dealt with by making sure to rotate your tires. Swapping out the positions of your tires from front to back and vice versa helps maintain the performance and safety of your car, and helps even out the wear, making your tires last longer. It’s recommended to have your tires rotated every 3000 to 5000 miles driven. Every time you go for an oil change, try to get your tires rotated at the same time.