7 ways to prevent a flat tire
Chances are that at some point in your drive time, you’ve encountered a flat tire. It’s a big inconvenience because not only do you have to change it and put on a spare to get anywhere (or wait hours for a tow truck), you also have to shell out money to replace the tire at an auto service center. We get it – it’s a big annoyance. And while it’s great to know how to change a flat tire, wouldn’t it be even more helpful to know how to prevent them in the first place? Toyota of Orlando is here with 7 tips to help you avoid this emergency drive time situation.
Tip #1: Don’t buy low-quality tires.
Low-quality tires are more likely to end up as flats because they’re less durable, less reliable, and also have a shorter lifespan. It may hurt a little to shell out for high-quality tires (although our Orlando Toyota service center can get you a great deal on an affordable set), but it’ll hurt more if you end up with a flat tire on an important day. Buy quality tires and get what you pay for!
Tip #2: Be sure to keep an eye on the condition of your tires.
Always monitor the condition of your tires by giving them a quick once-over on a weekly basis. This is just a visual inspection where you look for warning signs of a flat tire like bubbles, bulging, cracks, or tread that’s wearing unevenly. If you spot any of these signs, visit Toyota of Orlando to have our techs inspect things and see what steps need to be taken next.
Tip #3: Keep them properly inflated to the correct PSI.
When your tires are underinflated, more surface area touches the road. This creates more friction and subsequently, more heat and more wear. This means you’re more likely to get a flat! Ensure your tires are inflated to the right PSI, which can be found in your owner’s manual.
Toyota of Orlando shares tips to help you avoid a flat tire
Tip #4: Be careful of where you take your car.
Always be aware of where you’re driving. Driving around constructions sites is a bad idea because they often have metal, glass, nails, screws, and other sharp objects that can damage your tire lying around. Potholes are another big cause of tire damage, so try to avoid roads that have a lot of them.
Tip #6: Sign up for recall alerts via email.
Recalls happen, and they happen for a reason – to let you fix the issue before someone gets hurt or something gets damaged. Go to the NHTSA website to sign up for email alerts regarding any recalls on your vehicle or its tires.
Tip #7: Don’t count on your spare to act as a replacement tire.
Your spare is a temporary stop-gap measure meant to get you to your nearest auto service center. They are not meant to travel long distances or at high speeds so replace them with a regular tire as quickly as possible. Don’t delay and spend days driving around on one!
Ready to shop replacement tires or need help with a flat tire situation? Call Toyota of Orlando today at (407) 298-0001!