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Of all the parts of your car, your tires are most liable to a surprise issue. Given their constant contact with unpredictable roads, you never know when a flat tire may pop up. To learn about the most common causes of a flat tire, and how to prevent them, consider these four factors.

Roadway Debris

First and foremost, sharp or large objects in your tire’s path can puncture or strike them and induce a leak. Among a longer laundry list of objects, you could run over:

  • Nails/Screws
  • Glass
  • Staples
  • Rocks
  • Car Parts

Assuming you hit them at the right (or wrong) angle, they lodge in the body of your tire and puncture the liner. This creates an easy path for air to escape. To limit trips to the tire shop for a replacement, look for an alternate route away from areas with clear debris. If you can’t take a detour, slow down. Construction sites, in particular, shed sharp objects into the road. Though some things are extremely hard to see, practicing general caution and preparing to react to the items you do notice can help you avoid a flat tire.

Uneven Roads

Meanwhile, roads that are in bad shape present other dangers. A rough encounter with a pothole not only causes flat tires but can also cause general damage to your wheel and axles. The more unkempt a roadway, the more likely your gradually deteriorating tires are to give out at some point. Much like avoiding debris, your answer here is to steer clear of the road or proceed carefully through it. Slow down even more than you ordinarily would and safely weave around each pothole.

Gradual Wear

Though a tire can suddenly fail, it will also develop a flat after normal use. Like your motor oil, you shouldn’t have the same tires throughout the entire life of the car. On average, tires should last about 50,000 miles, and if you don’t replace it, the rubber wears down and weakens. This collapses the barrier between the air-filled liner and the outside, meaning even normal contact with the road may cause a failure. To skip the annoyance of a flat, replace your tires when the tread gets too thin. Additionally, be sure you put the right amount of air in your tires so they don’t wear out quicker than they should.

Valve Stem Leak

Another common cause of a flat tire is a broken valve stem. Rather than originating from a tire body complication, these leaks spring from the point at which you fill your tires with air. These usually crack due to age, exposing a weak point for air to escape. Professional valve stem inspections can catch an issue before it worsens and will keep your tires in good shape. In the event you do sustain a flat, RNR Tire Express offers high-quality cheap tires in OKC that will fill your needs without draining your wallet.

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