If it is 90 degrees outside on a hot summer day, the pavement where you drive your vehicle could be an estimated 150 degrees. As your tires drive on this hot pavement, there is a significant risk a blowout will happen.
While tires are designed to withstand the heat, failing to take care of them can cause the internal components and rubber to weaken and can create the very real risk the tire will blow and you will lose control of your vehicle. An experienced car accident lawyer knows there are multiple risk factors for summer tire blowouts and you need to be aware of how to avoid the dangers of bad tires so you don't injure yourself or others over the summer season.
Maintain Your Tires Safely to Avoid Summer Blowout Risks
Mid-may through October has been dubbed tire blowout season by Popular Mechanic . This time of year is when most blowouts occur both because of the heat and because a lot of people go on road trips or do home improvement work. Road trips and home improvement work can lead to vans, SUVs, cars, and pickup trucks being overfull and over their weight-rating. This, in turn, can cause blowouts because there is too much pressure put on the tires due to the overweight car. Drivers should check their gross vehicle weight rating and should avoid overloading vehicles.
Motorists on the road during the summer also need to be watchful for potholes and debris. When your tire hits a pothole or obstacle in the road hard, this can damage the rubber, the metal, and other internal components. A tire can rip open right away in some cases if it hits a pothole particularly hard. Internal damage to the tire can also occur, making a future blowout more likely to happen (especially when the damaged tire is on hot pavement or is trying to carry the weight of an overloaded vehicle).
While potholes and overloaded vehicles are two factors leading to tire blowouts, the biggest risk comes from tires which are under-inflated. Tires rely on having enough air pressure to be able to move effectively. If the air in the tire becomes too low, the tires flex more. The components can be stretched beyond their breaking point and a blowout can happen when the metal or internal components snap.
Many motorists assume they are safe from blowouts because they have tire pressure monitoring systems in their cars. Such systems have been offered as a standard feature in new vehicles since 2007. The problem is, tire pressure monitoring systems may not let you know your tire pressure is dipping until it reaches a dangerously low point. Over the time when you have low tire pressure, the tire gets stressed and can become internally damaged. A blowout can occur that seems sudden but which was actually prompted by the low pressure over time.
To prevent this, be sure to manually check your tire pressure regularly or have a mechanic check your tire pressure so you can ensure you aren't doing slow damage over time.