Top Reasons Why Tires Fail
Learn how to extend the life of your automobile's tires by avoiding several common driving mishaps.
Tires are among the most expensive of basic vehicle maintenance requirements. The price of tires can range anywhere from less than $100 apiece to more than $1,000, so it’s important to preserve your tires and save money, by avoiding five common hazards:
1. Poor diagonal and parallel parking
The shoulders and side walls of an automobile tire are considerably less durable than the tread area because they are not protected by tread blocks or a steel belt. If you scrape the sides of your tires along a curb while parallel parking, you quickly shorten the life of them. Continually bumping into curbs when parking diagonally can also damage the shoulders and sidewalls of a tire quickly.
2. Asphalt roads with potholes
All potholes can damage automobile tires, but potholes on asphalt roads are the most destructive. The potholes on an asphalt-covered road have sharp, unforgiving rims. The rims of asphalt-road potholes force a tire to flex and stretch, which can cause abrasions, punctures and tears. The greater the velocity with which a driver hits these types of potholes, the greater the odds are of tire damage or failure occurring which means the purchase of a new set.
3. Skidding and peeling out
Accelerating and stopping rapidly damages the treads of a tire more quickly than any other driving action. Breaking the surface tension between tires and the road creates tremendous friction that eats away at the treads. The more cautiously a driver accelerates and brakes, the longer the vehicle's tire treads will last.
4. Gravel roads
The three-quarter-inch rock on gravel-covered dirt roads is made of crushed quarry rock. It is sharp and jagged and does more damage to highway tires than almost any other driving surface does. If a vehicle is equipped with off-road tires, gravel-covered dirt roads are not a major concern, but tires designed for highway travel do not typically fare well on gravel roads.
5. Insufficient air pressure and poor alignment
In addition to reducing gas mileage, low tire pressure can damage the shoulders and sidewalls of tires. Keeping tires properly inflated extends the life of the tires. If the tires are not properly aligned, the treads will wear unevenly and more quickly. Eventually, tires wear out and need to be replaced, regardless of how well they're maintained. But parking with care, avoiding potholes, not skidding and peeling out, keeping tires properly inflated and avoiding gravel roads when possible will extend the life of a set of tires considerably.
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