6 Steps to Prevent Flat TiresWhen you’re standing on a blistering roadway, staring at your recently deflated tire, it’s easy to see why preventing flats is so appealing. You might be surprised at how easy it is to avoid this nasty, and potentially dangerous, situation. Though flat tires are unavoidable, our simple steps can help you to prolong the life of your tires and delay flats.

1. Check Your Air Pressure
Check your owner’s manual to be sure that your tires are inflated to the correct pressure. When over-inflated, your vehicle will be more difficult to handle and the ride will be rougher. When tires are under-inflated, they’re subject to wear, and will do so unevenly.

2. Inspect Your Tires for Uneven Wear
It’s important to regularly check your tires to make ensure they’re in good condition and that they’re wearing evenly. Your tire tread can wear from quick starts, short stops and from city driving (where you are required to make frequent stops and starts). Regular tire rotation encourages more even wear.

3. Pick Tires with Good Tread
When you’re in the market for tires, consider tires with thick puncture-resistant tread. Higher mileage warranties may indicate tires with more durable tread, and save you money in the long run if your tires tend to wear quickly.

4. Have Your Brakes Checked
Over time brakes wear and need adjustments. Checking yours regularly could prevent wear on the wheels, and in turn, uneven wear on the tires.

5. Use Caution When Driving on Your Spare Tire
Today’s spares are intended for temporary use only. If you do get a flat tire and need to use your spare tire, avoid driving on it for extended distances and at high speeds. The maximum safe driving speed for a spare tire is 50 mph and the compact spare is only intended for distance of 50 miles.

6. Avoid Rough Streets
Rough streets can add to the wear and tear of your tires. Potholes and uneven roads can encourage a bubble to form in the walls of your tires. If it’s at all possible, stay away from streets near construction sites where your tires can pick up sharp objects such as nails, screws, glass, etc.

With these simple preventative measures, you can spot potential flats before the happen, and your tires will last for thousands more miles.