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How And Why Truck Tires Blow Out

Tire scraps are a common sight on many highways. Many truck crashes are due to a driver losing control of a semi after the tire blows out. Have you ever wondered why tires blow out or how you can prevent a tire blowout? Keep reading to learn more.

Tire Blowout Causes

1. Weather

Hotter weather makes tires more prone to blowouts. The most common months for tire blowouts are from May through October, but they can happen at any time of the year, especially in states with warm temperatures year round. When the weather is hotter and you are traveling at a high speed for a long distance while carrying a heavy load, tires are more likely to fail.

2. Tire Condition

Older tires are more likely to fail. Truck tires can last for thousands of miles, but they eventually need to be replaced like any vehicle. Semi tires are subject to more wear and tear compared to regular vehicle tires since they travel further more often and carry heavy loads on a regular basis. Tires should be inspected frequently to make sure they aren’t deteriorating.

3. Underinflation

Underinflation is one of the most common reasons truck tires blow out. Without proper air pressure, the tire can’t handle the weight of the truck and its cargo. Tires that are underinflated are more likely to flex beyond their limits, leading a tire to failure. Always check truck tire pressure before heading out on a long haul.

4. Road Conditions

Potholes and uneven pavement are all over the highway. If you hit a pothole or a bump in the road traveling at a fast enough speed, the pavement can cut through the tire and cause a blowout. Other times, the tire won’t fail when it hits the uneven pavement or pothole, but the hit will weaken the tire making it more likely to blow out at a different time.

How To Prevent A Tire Blowout

Although tire blowouts can happen to even the most prepared driver, there are a few precautions to take to help prevent a tire blowout:

  • Perform regular tire maintenance. If proper maintenance isn’t done regularly, it puts everyone in danger each time the semi hits the road.
  • Inspect tires before you hit the road. Check for cracks, holes or any other issues with the tire before heading out.
  • Maintain proper tire inflation. Before you head out, check and make sure the tires are inflated to the proper air pressure. If it is an especially hot day, check the tire pressure each time you take a break. Tire pressure can fluctuate in extreme temperatures.

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