Your tires get a real workout, and are one of the most vulnerable parts of your vehicle. You can be proactive, practice driving safety, and reduce the risk of a flat or sudden blowout by doing the following:
Ensure proper tire inflation. Underinflated tires are dangerous, as more friction is created while you are driving, making the tires hotter and potentially leading to a dangerous blowout. Check the air pressure in your tires once a month. You can find the correct pressure rating in your vehicle’s manual.
Check your treads. Your tires have what is called “wear bars.” These are visible marks between your tire treads. If the wear bars have worn to the same height as your treads, it is time to get new tires. If your treads appear to have uneven wear, you need to go to a mechanic to determine the cause. The most common problem is that your tires are out of alignment.
Rotate your tires. Tires wear unevenly, front and back, due to the weight and usage. They will last longer, and be safer, by rotating backs to fronts every six months. Make it part of your maintenance schedule, and ask your mechanic to rotate your tires when you get an oil change.
Watch for any tire recalls. Many people don’t realize they are driving on tires that have been recalled. You can check for any recalls, and even sign up for email alerts.
Avoid cone zones. Road construction zones are hard on tires. If you can circumvent road construction, do so. If you can’t, ensure you proceed at a much slower speed on uneven road surfaces to protect your tires, and avoid a flat.
Your Auto Insurance Policy Makes a Difference
If you experience a sudden blowout that results in a collision, your auto insurance policy comes into play. You want to ensure you have adequate coverage and are protected, whether you or another driver was responsible. Many drivers are uninsured – current estimates are that about 12.6 percent, or roughly one in eight drivers, are operating a vehicle with no auto insurance.
Check your tires frequently, and stay safe. It is worth reviewing the terms of your auto insurance policy on a yearly basis, for several reasons. One important reason is that you may be able to get better coverage at a lower rate – and saving money is always important.
At Clement Insurance Agency, in Houma, Louisiana, we focus on serving the people in our local community, and helping them stay safe. Hopefully, you will never need to access your auto insurance, but if you do, you want to have the right coverage.
Call and speak with one of our friendly agents about your auto insurance. We can answer all of your questions, and help you find the policy that fits your budget.