Safety on the Road: Let’s Talk Tires & What to Know

Be aware of your tires so you don't get stranded in a bad areaOther than the airbag, one of the more valuable parts of your car is the connection between the car and the road. In other words, your tires. Your tire health and protection is a key part of your road safety, though many don’t think about it until they are in need. Especially with all of the rain and construction that Houston, Texas has. Construction means less shoulders on the freeway and more debris in the road = more issues with tires.

If you’re curious to learn more about tire safety and what to do if you have a tire problem, read on for the essential details!

Protection starts with prevention

Do what you can to protect your tires. Not only will this save you money and stress from replacing them unnecessarily, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that your tires are in good shape each time you get behind the wheel!

Some general tips are to buy good brand tires, keep them filled, rotated and balanced. Discounted brands can certainly be tempting with lower prices, but quality is essential in something as crucial as tires! Get name brand tires you trust, and don’t be afraid to get several opinions from a friendly auto mechanic, if you need a few names to start from.

You’ll also want to keep your tires inflated properly to keep them wearing properly and evenly. The same goes for rotating your tires twice a year or more, depending on your usage. This helps keep your tire walls strong and uniform.

Emergency tire care

If you are ever in a situation where you have a tire that isn’t working properly or a blown tire, there are also important things to do. Remembering this can help you deal with a potentially scary or, at the least, unfamiliar situation. First and foremost, pull off the road as soon as you feel or suspect a problem. After pulling over and turning your hazard lights on, get out and visibly inspect your tires. This will help you know if you’re dealing with a serious problem or not.

If your tire is visibly flat, you’ll want to change the tire or call roadside assistance. Keep in mind that most insurance policies have roadside assistance options. Be sure you are in an area that is safe – safe for you and then where you can safely change the tire, or wait for assistance.

If nothing appears to be wrong, check the tire pressure. It could just be an underfilled tire that is causing the problem. This can be easily fixed if you have a tire inflator handy, or you can get to a nearby gas station with one.

Is roadside assistance important for tire safety?

If you are in the business of car care, such as an auto mechanic, you don’t necessarily need to have roadside assistance. But if you are unable to change a tire or just want to know you have someone who is able to help you wherever you are, call your insurance agent. They can give you a list of details about roadside assistance for your policy and the price to add it to your existing policy, if it isn’t already.

Tire safety is directly related to your car’s safety, thus your safety, when you are on the road. These tips will help you know what to do to care for your tires and what to do if you are ever in a tire-related emergency on the road. At the end of the day, this is a great way to bolster your overall comfort behind the wheel!

Contact Paula Smith Insurance at (281) 488-8880 if we can be of any assistance for your personal insurance needs.

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