When getting ready to drive on the highway, it’s important to be prepared for the long journey. Flat tires happen often on these types of trips and there are simple ways to prevent or limit this hazard.
What Can Cause a Flat Tire:
- Over or under-inflated tires can cause lots of damage to your vehicle. So, before heading on the road it’s very important to check your tire pressure. The recommended PSI for your vehicle’s tires is located on the panel on the inside of the driver’s side door.
However, a common mistake that is often overlooked is the effect that extra weight has on your tires.
- When you are moving back to school, be cautious when overloading your vehicle with excess weight your tires are not used to carrying. If too much weight is sitting on a tire, it can cause a blowout (same effect as sitting on a balloon). So be sure to compensate for the extra weight and distribute an even pressure amongst all four tires.
Poor Road Maintenance/Construction Zones
- Flat tires and highway construction zones go hand in hand. Many major highways have areas that are under construction for either maintenance, extensions or upgrades.
- When driving through these areas, be sure to slow down and look ahead for signs of construction debris such as nails and glass and also try to avoid unmaintained pot holes or rough paving spots. It is important to note that “if the hit is hard enough, it can damage the tire, either on the outside where one can see it or on the inside where the damage is hidden” (Wheels.ca). Concluding that the damage could be instant or the wear and tear on your tires could result over a few months.
High temperatures cause the air in your tires to expand, increasing the tire’s overall internal pressure and the chances that you’ll spring a leak or blowout altogether. During warm weather, be sure to monitor your tire pressure regularly and do what you can to avoid overinflation.
How to prepare for your trip
- Plan your route and consider alternative ways in case of road closures
- Follow your local news outlets for updates on highway traffic and accidents
- Check your vehicle and tires before and during your trip
How we can help
We carry two products that were created for the safety of our daughters who also endured these long road trips to and from school throughout the years. Click the link to check out Our Story.
Essential for long drives, The Jack and Jill of All Tires is a simple and compact tool that can be stored in the trunk of your car – making changing your tires on the road safe and easy!
Our website also includes a detailed step-by-step process so you can learn to change your tires wherever you are.
Our Get Jacked safety kit is a must have no matter your destination, so you’ll always prepared in case of an emergency.
Safety Kit includes:
Compact Snow Shovel
Candles & Matches
‘Call Police’ Banner
Flashlight – Batteries
Emergency Tow Rope
It’s important to be aware of how to maintain your tires and prevent damage as much as possible.