Tire safety is integral to safe driving at any time, and it is even more critical when you are towing a trailer. There are several things you can do before you haul a trailer to make sure your tires are ready for the road. Follow this advice to reduce the risk of a tire issue arising in the middle of your journey.
Check Your Tire Pressure
Maintaining the proper tire pressure for your car is a simple and easy way to reduce the risk of a flat or blowout. As an added bonus, keeping an appropriate tire pressure for your vehicle will boost your fuel efficiency. If you aren’t sure what the recommended tire pressure is for your car, look along the sidewall of your tire, where it is likely to be printed. You can also check your owner’s manual. Check your tire pressure at least once per month and any time you are going to tow a trailer. Check the tires on your vehicle as well as on the trailer.
Avoid Overloading the Vehicle
Putting excess weight in your car or on your trailer could do damage to your tires. Check the weight limits for both your car and trailer, and don’t exceed them. Even if overloading doesn’t cause your tires to blow out, it could impact the way that your tires connect with the road, so stay within the weight limits.
Inspect Your Tires Before Driving
Before you tow a trailer, inspect both the trailer and towing vehicle tires. Look for signs of uneven wear, debris stuck in the tires, or worn-out tread. If you see any of these signs of damage or weakness, don’t drive before replacing the affected tire.
At APC Trailers, our service and repairs department can fix or replace damaged tires, so that you can tow safely and efficiently. For more information about trailer repairs in Tucson, please call (520) 574-1968.