Buy 3 Select Tires, Get the 4th Free Instantly
Buy 3 Tires, Get 4th Tire Free Instantly. Receive a discount equal to the price of a single tire when four tires are added to the cart. Valid on select in stock tires only. Those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results & product detail pages. All other tires and special order tires are excluded from this offer. Valid when scheduled for installation on PepBoys.com and installation is completed between 12/1/16 through 12/7/16.
Buy 2 Tires, Get 10% Off
Receive 10% off 2 tires on your online purchase. Use promotional code ROLLOUT10 at checkout to receive discount. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers, coupons or rebates. Valid on select in stock tires only. Those tires for which discount is available will be identified in search results & tire detail pages. All other tires, as well as special order tires, are excluded from this offer. Valid if purchased online or installed by 12/7/16.
Tires are built to last, but they’re not indestructible. Road hazards like potholes, rocks and sharp objects are sometimes unavoidable. There are, however, a variety of tire damaging causes that can be avoided, and by learning these, you can ensure safer mobility and longer tread life. Below are the key things to look for in order to keep your tires treading on:
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.
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.
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 about preventing 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.