What is the worst enemy to your car's tires? At first thought you might guess nails or potholes. However, if you live in the Houston area the answer has a lot more to do with the weather. The Houston heat can cause a lot of problems for tires. One way to avoid any potential tire damage is to check your tire pressure regularly.
Underinflating in the Heat
Tires that are not inflated properly are susceptible to failure. When a tire is under inflated it causes the tire to become hotter. The last thing you want is to drive on hot tires that are in contact with scolding hot asphalt.
The heat causes the material of the tire (such as composite, steel and fabric) to break down faster than usual. This leads to unnatural bending and flexing in the tire's structure. When this occurs for too long the tire will finally give way and pop.
Problems with Excess Tire Pressure
Over inflated tires are just as dangerous as under inflated ones. In fact, it is easy for tires to become overinflated during hot weather due to increased pressure. Tires that are inflated at a PSI less than the maximum can grow in pressure. This is due to the heat of external air causing a rise in internal air pressure. Over inflated tires are prone to blow-outs and cracking. They can also make driving performance worse by affecting braking and turning.
Pay Attention to Your Vehicle's Load
Take care to observe the maximum tire pressure ratings for your vehicle. You need to consider the rating in conjunction with the Gross Vehicular Weight Rating (GVWR). If your vehicle is loaded to the GVWR max it could exceed the weight rating of the tire at maximum pressure. This can lead to blow-outs. Thus, it is important to calculate how the vehicle's load may affect the tires' abilities to carry it. Check the tire's sidewall for information on the maximum load carrying capacity.
Be Careful with Electronic Monitors
Many drivers rely on a dashboard alert to know when there are problems with tire pressure. You can't afford to do this in the Houston heat. It's likely that your vehicle's electronic monitoring system only goes off if pressure is low. Most cars are not equipped with electronics that warn against over inflation. Therefore, you need to check your tires manually to ensure proper inflation.
Get Help with Tire Failure Accidents
If you are involved in an auto accident due to tire failure, you should contact a Houston car accident attorney for assistance. The Daspit Law Firm can help drivers in the Houston area. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to receive a thorough legal consultation.