Your truck’s or car’s four wheels and tyres are the only sections which provide some sort of contact between the vehicle and the ground. This practically makes the tyres vital components of your vehicle, and as such, you need to take care of them properly in order to avoid problems. Speaking of tyre issues, the most common ones are definitely punctures, which can happen from time to time even without your knowledge. While small punctures may go undetected for a while (and that’s fine because they won’t cause much damage), major tyre failures, punctures and blow-outs can also occur. Unlike punctures of a smaller magnitude, these can really ruin your day. Since you definitely don’t want that to happen, here are some quick reminders of what you need to do in order to severely reduce the chances of such tyre failures from happening, as well as what to do when the inevitable happens:
Keep Them Inflated
Inflating your tyres up to the correct pressure can make a load of difference: too much pressure and your vehicle may become difficult to handle or become wobbly at higher speeds. Too little and your tyres will start to wear out faster, hence increasing the chances of a tyre failure occurring at any time.
Make Frequent Inspections
Making regular inspections of your tyres is probably the best way to assess their condition and check for possible damage. Inspections are crucial before long trips, so take a few minutes to go around your vehicle and check each tyre before driving off.
Keep Tools at the Ready
Getting stranded in the middle of the road is not ideal, but there is always a chance for it to happen. In these cases, having the right equipment on hand can be the difference between making it safely to the nearest service centre or being forced to call a tow truck to do the same. A portable truck tyre changer can make tyre changes that much easier, without having to resort to using any complex tools. A can of compressed air or a tyre pump can also come in handy if you don’t have time to change to your spare tyre.
Drive Slowly When Using Your Spare
Using your tyre changer to replace a flat tyre with your spare does not mean that you are out of the woods. Spare tyres are not designed for prolonged use, nor excessive speeds. Make sure to drive carefully and at a conservative speed, or you can easily lose control of your car and cause even more problems.
Avoid Driving Near Construction Sites
One major cause of flat tyres is due to pickup of small glass shards, screws, nails and sharp metal objects, all of which are common nearby construction sites. If you can, try to stay away from such locations in order to avoid unnecessary and annoying punctures.