• How to Avoid a Tire Blowout

    We know you want to learn how to avoid a tire blowout. Before we get to that, know that if one happens to you, All MD Recovery and Tow is here to help. We are here for you for your Baltimore tire changes. And All Maryland is ready to serve you if you have a flat tire in Maryland or the surrounding D.C. area. In fact, All MD Recovery and Tow is available to help you with any car-related emergency.

    But how do you avoid a car-related emergency? Specifically, how do you prevent a tire blowout? Here are some tips on how to care for your tires. This article will specifically focus on how to keep your tires properly inflated. These guidelines are especially important to follow during our harsh northern winters.

    How to keep your tire properly inflated.

    One of the biggest causes of a tire blowout is that it is underinflated. When a tire is underinflated, the inner parts of the tire will become weak. This weakness will cause the tire to fail and blowout. 

    Those of you with cars newer than 2007 models have Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems. When this system is properly working, it will alert you when the tire is uninflated. Unfortunately, the alert does not often come until the tire is at dangerously low pressure. 

    Since the TPMS cannot always be trusted, you should check your tire pressure by hand periodically. 

    Look for the correct tire pressure to be posted on the side jam of your driver’s door. Of course, you can also find the right tire pressure in the online or printed driver’s manual. Do not use the number that is printed on the side of the tire as a guideline. Instead, use the number from the manufacturer of the vehicle.

    The number you are looking for will be followed by the letters “psi.” This stands for “pounds per square inch,” and this number is used to measure pressure. If you want to get technical, “psi” is the amount of force that is exerted on an area that is the size of a square inch.

    Are you not sure how to check the tire pressure in your car? All MD is here to help. 

    How to check your tire pressure:

    • Wait until your tires are cold to check the tire pressure. You may need to wait at least three hours to get an accurate readout if you recently drove your vehicle.
    • Place the tire pressure gauge onto your tire’s valve stem. You will hear a hissing sound, and yes, this means that air is escaping your tire. This shouldn’t affect the pressure too much. Just don’t leave the gauge on for a long time.
    • Remove the gauge from the valve stem. The inner part of the tire pressure gauge will have popped out, and you can now read the number. 

    If there is too much air in your tire, let some out and then retest. If your tires are underinflated, add air to the tire. 

    Not sure how to add air to your tire? Here are the steps;

    • Go to a local gas station that has air. Some gas stations offer air for free, and others provide a coin-operated air station. 
    • Park your car near the air pump.
    • Remove the cap from the tire valve and place the cap in a safe spot.
    • Place the connector to the air hose over the tire valve and add air in short bursts.
    • Check the tire pressure until it becomes an appropriate level.
    • Replace the cap on the tire valve. 

    If you think that you have driven on your tire with a pressure below 20 psi, you may have done irreparable damage to your tire. It is essential that you take your car to a tire dealership or mechanic to have the tire tested before you trust it on the road.

    Look for future blogs regarding tire maintenance. We hope that our discussion of underinflated tires will keep you from having a blowout on your vehicle. But if one happens, remember to stay calm. Move your car as far off the side of the road as possible. Turn on your hazards. If it is safe to exit the vehicle, do so. Then call All Maryland Recovery and Towing.

    The technicians from All MD Recovery and Towing will change your tire by the side of the road while you wait. Contact us 24/7. We will be there as soon as possible, and you will be on your way in no time.

    This article was originally posted at Maryland Recovery Towing.