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October 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

Avoid A Flat TireFall is here, and as the temperatures cool, you can count on seeing one thing on the roads: And we’re not talking about leaves. It’s tire blowout season, and from great big trucks to little family cars, tires stressed in the summer start failing in the fall. Here’s five tips to make sure your family stays safe.

The first and most important thing you can do is take a close look at your tires. Summer driving—with long road trips and hot temperatures that can cause over-inflation—can damage your tires in ways you won’t see immediately. Checking in the fall means you’ll catch any large cracks, excessive wear and uneven wear patterns. Addressing these issues now leads to a safer ride in the winter.

One of the most common reasons tires fail is improper inflation, and as temperatures cool, you need to make sure your tires stay properly filled. While the hot temps of summer can cause your tires to overinflate, the first real chill this fall means your tires could become dangerously underinflated. Now is the time to check your pressure, and, like Santa, check it twice: Keep an eye out for tires that need regular filling, as that is a clear warning sign of a larger issue.

Another common reason for tire failure is overloading your vehicle. Fall means the start of family gatherings, from football games to Halloween to Thanksgiving, you’ll be packing a lot into your car. This can cause tires that are already stressed to give out. Before you throw the kitchen sink in your vehicle, make sure you’re staying below the cargo limit.

Ever heard of a “road gator?” You’ve definitely seen them. They’re those big, black pieces of tire left on the side of the road when a truck tire blows and they’re a common road hazard. Add in leaves, branches and other fall road hazards and you have the perfect conditions for a blowout caused by debris. Fall means starting to take it slow, giving the driver in front of you a little more space, so you can avoid potential damage.

If the unpredictable does happen and you experience a blowout, keep one important rule in mind: Do not slam on the brakes. Keep a firm grip on the wheel and allow your vehicle to slow to a safe speed before pulling to the side of the road. Sudden movement and sudden braking can cause you to lose control, so stay calm and make gradual adjustments.

As always, we’re happy to take a look at your tires and to make recommendations. Happy fall, and drive safe.

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