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7 typical causes of tire damage

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Your tires should be kept in great condition at all times. 

Tires ensure your car’s safety and play a huge part in your car’s performance.

Protecting yourself from expensive car repairs with vehicle breakdown coverage (also known as an extended car warranty) is an excellent way to keep your car running great. But since your tires and wheels are constantly exposed to potential damage, having a protection plan to take care of those repairs will pay off in the long run too.

Here are 7 of the most common causes for tire damage.

1. Normal tire wear and tear

Your tires will eventually wear down. When the threads start showing signs of deterioration equally throughout the tire, this a sign of normal wear and tear. Not all tires will show equal wear and tear though. For example, cars that have front-wheel drive will show different levels of wear on the front tires than the rear tires.

2. Road Hazards

While on the road, you will inevitably come across potholes, gravel, broken glass, trees and branches and all sorts of other debris. These road hazards may not directly puncture your tires, but normal wear and tear will increase and show up unevenly throughout the tire.

Avoiding road hazards is not easy. If you see anything on the road, slow down and drive around it. Any puddles filled with water may be potholes, so be especially cautious near one.

Read our blog to learn how long tires typically last.

3. Wrong tire pressure

Tire pressure measures the amount of air in the car’s tires in pounds per square inch (PSI). Not only will your tires wear out more quickly if you have the wrong tire pressure, your car will have worse handling and worse gas mileage. Be sure you have the recommended tire pressure. Over-inflated tires wear out and deform the center of the tire. Under-inflated tires wear out the outsides as the tire bows out.

You can find your tire’s correct PSI in the owner’s manual or in the sticker inside the driver’s side door.

4. Braking too hard

Hard, sudden braking will create a flat spot on your tires. This happens when your wheels lock-up and your car skids. One part of the tire will remain in contact with the road and your car will slide forward. The time it remains sliding will cause the flat spot due to friction and heat.

If you’re experiencing a bumpy ride, you likely have a flat spot on your tire.

5. Curb rash

Curb rashes normally affect your wheels. Curb rash is what happens when you hit a curb and it causes cosmetic damage like scuff marks or scratches. This can also damage your tires. The tire sidewall can get scuffed, create a cut or cause separation between the bead of the tire and the wheel, which can lead to a blow-out.

Avoid this type of tire damage by paying close attention to the curb when you’re parking.

6. Bad alignment

The top 4 signs of bad alignment are when:

  • Your car is pulling to the left or right.
  • Your car’s steering wheel is not aligned with the direction of your car.
  • Your tires are squealing.
  • You notice uneven or early wear and tear on your tire.

In general, you should have your alignment checked every 6,000 miles. You should also always be inspecting your tire for signs of premature wear and tear.

7.Overloading vehicle

If you keep your car filled with heavy cargo, the car will have to work harder to pull the weight. Your tires will have to drive with more friction on the road than what they normally should and it will damage your tires.. The tire’s rubber will wear off very quickly. 

Your gas mileage will take a hit too.

Protect yourself from tire damage repairs

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