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UNDERINFLATED TIRES

Many cars on the road today are running with under-inflated tires. Just because a car tire appears to be normal looking does not mean that it has the right amount of pressure in it. Properly inflated tires will increase a car's performance on the road, reduces tread wear and saves on gas.

When tires are under-inflated, braking becomes harder and less efficient, which leads to accidents due to failure to stop in time. Steering becomes more difficult because the tires are softer. This causes cornering, even at slower speeds, to become less efficient.

Under-inflated tires are more pliable and the heat that this pliability causes could lead to sudden tire damage.

Over-inflated tires can also cause problems because there is less of the tire that's in contact with the road. The best thing for a car owner to know is the proper inflation pressure needed for the type of tire they have and maintain consistent checks to keep it at that ideal point.




OVERLOADING ON TIRES

This is usually an issue with trucks or such bigger vehicles designed for carrying loads. The tires on these types of vehicles are designed for a certain weight and when overloaded it will cause problems. The best way to know how much weight a tire can handle is to check the rating on the tires.

TIRES AND ROAD HAZARDS

When driving on any road, one is likely to encounter hazards such as potholes, debris or nails. Even curbs can cause damage if one accidentally drives too close to them. Being diligent and on the watch for these potential road hazards is definitely a good practice but it's not always possible to avoid running into some of these mishaps. Sometimes the damage won't be immediately visible but the tire may have been weakened. This will cause tire failure at a later date when driving in extreme heat or speeds. The best way to avoid this type of tire failure is to have the tires inspected on a regular basis by a professional.

TIRES AND HIGH SPEEDS

igh performance tires are more expensive and have less tread life than your ordinary passenger tire but they are designed for exactly what they are…high performance. This means driving at higher speeds. If you enjoy driving fast then invest the money and get a tire that's designed for high performance. If you consistently drive at high speeds and in warmer weather with an ordinary less expensive passenger tire, you are asking for trouble. The high performance tires that are rated for speed have reinforcements that dissipate heat better than the other tires.




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