The New Orleans auto care experts at Twin Tire can help keep your tires from shredding as you drive.
We've all seen those shredded strips of tires while driving down the highway – to Honey Island Swamp, perhaps. Sometimes they're in the middle of the lane and you have to dodge them. Other times, they're curled at the side of the road. You may have wondered how they got there and why those tires had a blow out or otherwise failed.
The Tire Industry Association explains: "There are a lot of reasons why you see pieces of tire on the side of the road, but most of them are caused by heat. When a tire is traveling down the road, the sidewalls are flexing which ultimately creates heat. If the air pressure inside the tire is enough to carry the load of the vehicle and its contents, then the heat created by the flexing sidewalls is minimal and does not damage the tire. However, when the air pressure inside the tire is not enough to carry the load, the sidewalls flex to a much higher degree, which creates additional heat. If the heat is allowed to build up over a long enough time, the bonds between the plies and rubber components start to break down. Eventually the stress becomes too great and the tire experiences what most people call a 'blow out.'"
But that's not the only reason, the association says. Tires can also fail if you hit a pothole or other road debris.
"The best practice is to visually inspect the sidewall after hitting a pothole or curb to look for any bulges. If a sidewall bulge is found, the tire must be replaced. After running over road debris, drivers should check the sidewalls and tread for any puncturing objects or damage that exposes ply material. If steel or fabric plies are visible, the tire must be replaced," the association explains.
The best defense against a blow out, the industry says, is tire care, especially when it comes to making sure your tires are properly inflated.
"Almost all of the tire debris on our nation’s roads and highways could be avoided if drivers paid attention to the inflation pressure in their tires. The over-flexing that results from underinflation allows incredible amounts of heat to build up in the tire until it becomes too much for the components to stay together," the association says. "Regular air pressure maintenance is the best insurance to prevent a 'blow out' so it should be checked at least once a month as well as before a long trip."
The easiest way to make sure your tires are properly inflated and inspected is to have the New Orleans auto care and auto repair experts at Twin Tire Auto Care help out. Not only can Twin Tire's certified auto care technicians help make sure your tires last a long time, they can also help when you do need new tires. Twin Tire carries all brands, sizes and style of tire to fit any driving need, vehicle or driving style. So when it comes to tire safety, the New Orleans auto care and auto repair experts should be your first stop.
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