No matter where you’re going, getting a flat tire can instantly bring your day to a halt and leave you stranded on the road. Some flat tires can’t be avoided, but there are a lot of small things you can do to preserve your car’s tires and prevent getting a flat at inconvenient times.

Regularly Check Tire Pressure

If your tires aren’t inflated properly, you could end up with a flat tire or even a blowout. We recommend checking your tires with a tire pressure gauge at least once a month to ensure they aren’t overinflated or losing air. Check the edges of the driver’s side door or consult your car’s manual for the tire pressure guide and be sure to only test them at least a few hours after you’ve driven. Tire heat can cause the pressure reading to fluctuate, so give them time to cool down before you try to check them. Not only does regular tire pressure maintenance lower your chances of getting a flat tire, but it can also improve the lifespan of your tires.

Pay Attention to Maximum Weight

The same label that tells you your tire’s ideal pressure should also tell you the maximum weight they can carry. Loading your car with more than the maximum weight can overload and damage your tires. If you need to pack heavy, try airing your tires up to their maximum pressure, which can be found on the same label, to help them support the weight.

Avoid Road Hazards

Don’t put your tires through risky areas like active construction zones or poorly maintained roads if you can help it. When you can, try to take alternate routes and avoid roads that could damage your tires. You could get a flat from nails, broken glass, sharp rocks, metal scraps and potholes if you aren’t careful. It might take a little longer to get to your destination, but avoiding hazardous road conditions is one of the best ways to avoid getting stuck with a flat tire.

Rotate Tires

To avoid weak spots and uneven wear patterns on your tires, you should rotate them every 5,000 to 10,000 miles depending on what your car’s manual says. This helps your tires last longer, and it also gives you or your mechanic time to examine the tread and wear, and also to ensure they’re all properly inflated.

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