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You can be on the way to work, running an errand in the Austin area, or on a road trip through Texas and a blowout happens. No one ever expects a tire blowout to occur. When it does happen, it can lead to a serious collision. In 2015, there were 68 fatalities that were a result of tire issues.

Tires are just one part of the expense of having a car, but not keeping them in good quality can cost a life. Taking a few simple and quick steps to check your tires can prevent a blowout, collision, and a trip to an Austin body shop.

Maintain Proper Alignment and Balance

Proper alignment and balance on a vehicle does more than provide a smooth ride. If they are not maintained, it can cause tires to wear faster and improperly. If a car owner continues to drive with a poor alignment and worn tires, it can lead to a blowout.

Check Air Pressure

For more than ten years, automobile manufacturers have included tire pressure monitors on vehicles to alert drivers when a tire has low air pressure. However, it’s a good rule to check air pressure on all four tires once a month and not rely on the monitor.

An under-inflated tire causes damage to a tire, but one that is over-inflated can cause a blowout. The owner’s manual, a sticker on the inside of the door frame, or the tire itself should list the recommended air pressure. Rotating tires regularly can add to the life of a tire.

Measure Tire Tread

Tread is important on a tire not just for traction, but if a tire gets smooth there is greater risk of a blowout.

If you are not certain if it’s time to replace a tire because of the tread, insert a quarter with George Washington’s head down into the tread. You need new tires if you can see the top of his head.

A good trick to use to measure tire tread is to insert a quarter into the tread with George Washington’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.

Ellis and Salazar Garage and Body Shop has provided auto body repairs for vehicles in the Austin area for more than 60 years. We have seen our fair share of wrecked vehicles resulting from tire blowouts. We hope everyone takes care of their tires to prevent a blowout, but if you do get in an accident contact our team. A personal service consultant will work with you from scheduling a tow truck if needed to handling your insurance claim so you can get back to driving your vehicle again.

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