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Tire Damage Causes

Underinflation & Overinflation
Tires that are underinflated or overinflated can severely affect their tread life, driving comfort, traction and braking. Underinflation generates excessive flexing of the tire casing, which results in overheating, increased rolling resistance and premature wear. In extreme cases, underinflation can cause tire damage or a tire blowout. The underlying cause here may be lack of regular tire pressure checks or a slow leak that has allowed the tire to lose air. On the other side of the spectrum, overinflation can shorten tire life, reduce grip, create irregular tread wear, increase ride harshness and can make your tires more vulnerable to damage caused by potholes and curbs.

Over and underinflation are avoidable tire issues, but vehicle owners need to manually check their tire pressure regularly. Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were introduced in 2008 and are now included in all newer vehicles to alert the driver if a tire is low.

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Driving With Speed

Driving at high speeds has a greater chance of causing tire damage than at low speeds. For instance, if you were to hit a pothole at a high speed, there is a much higher likelihood of blowing out one or more of your tires.

Tires get dangerously hot when you're speeding, especially in hot weather. The buildup of heat can lead to tread separation or a sudden blowout. It can also contribute to sudden tire destruction and rapid air loss if the tires are not properly maintained. Failure to control a vehicle when a tire experiences sudden air loss can lead to an accident. If you see any damage to a tire or wheel, replace it with your spare tire at once, then have it checked out by a local service center.

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To ensure that your tires aren't overloaded, read the load index of your tires, which is found in your car's owner manual and on the tire sidewall. Tires that are loaded beyond their maximum can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction. In other words, if you have a large amount of stuff that you don't need in your backseat or your trunk, take it out. This will also help benefit your gas efficiency rating.

Tires are critical to the safety of your vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs at highway speeds or in a vehicle with a high center of gravity. To learn more aboutpreventing tire damage, visit our TreadSmart center. If you need new tires, visit our Tires by Vehicle page to find the best new tires for your ride.