Negative road conditions like potholes, glass and rocks are most times unavoidable. Thus there are, however, three major causes of tire problems that are avoidable (i) incorrect inflation pressure, (ii)speeding and overloading. Taking precautionary steps to avoid them will ensure safer mobility and longer tire life.
(i)Under or Over Inflation
Tires that are either under inflated or over inflated can affect your tire life, driving comfort, traction and braking. Under inflation creates excessive flexing of the tire casing, which then causes overheating, increase of rolling resistance and premature wear. In very major cases, under inflation can cause tire damage. Same as over inflation can reduce tire life, reduce grip and create irregular wear.
(ii) Speedy Driving
Driving at very high speeds has a greater possibility of causing tyre damage than that of a low speed. If contact is made with a road hazard, it has a greater chance of causing tyre damage.
.Driving at speed will create in the tire a greater buildup of heat, which can cause tire damage. It can also contribute to a sudden tire destruction and speedy air loss if the tires are not properly maintained. Failure to control a vehicle if a tire experiences sudden air loss can lead to a fatal accident. If you see any damage to a tire or wheel, replace it with the spare tire at once, then have it checked by a tire specialist.
To be convinced that your tires are not overloaded, read the load log of your tires, which is seen on the tire sidewall. Do not go beyond the load capacity relative to this load index. Tires that are loaded beyond their maximum loads can build up excessive heat that may result in sudden tire destruction. Also follow your manufacturer’s loading recommendations. Do not exceed the maximum axle load rating for any axle on your vehicle.