While cruising down the highway headed for your next adventure, the last thing you want to happen is a tire blowout.
Not only will it slow you down, but it also can be a major hazard to you and whoever you’re sharing the road with.
Some blowouts may not be preventable, especially if they are caused by a foreign object that hits your tire. But many others can be avoided with a little bit of driver diligence.
Main Reasons For Blowouts
Blowouts normally occur because of improper inflation, worn tread or an overloaded RV. With the proper preparation for your trip, you can prevent many blowouts from occurring.
This means having your tires checked by a professional or simply taking a 15-minute walk-through yourself, checking air pressure and the physical condition of each tire.
Many times, you will see cracks on the sidewall that can be caused by weathering or UV exposure. This is normal. You should have your tires checked by your local shop to determine if new tires are needed before hitting the road.
You also can implement regular cleanings of your tires with mild soap, water and a soft brush to help remove some of the buildup that can cause cracks.
Don’t forget to keep your tires covered when your RV is not in use. This will help prevent ozone and UV damage from the sun, which cold put your tires at risk of blowout.
Blowouts can occur if your tires are under-inflated or over-inflated. Checking your tire pressure regularly can help prevent this.
You should measure your tire pressure at least once a month and always before heading out on a trip. Don’t forget to also check your tire pressure once you make it to your destination to ensure proper working order.
While gauging your pressure, also keep an eye out for nails or other objects stuck in your tire. Experts recommend that you have the tire dismounted and plugged from the inside instead of trying to install a plug from the outside.