Common Causes of Tire Damage - Service Information to Know from Hanson KIA

When it comes to safety and performance, it's hard to overstate the importance of your vehicle's tires. Regularly inspecting your tires is important, but what about tire damage? What causes it, and how can it be avoided?

At Hanson Kia, we know all about tires--and we also want to share important service-related information with you. That's why we've put together this list of seven causes of tire damage. Learn more below.

The tires should be the only part of your vehicle to touch the road, so they're crucial safety features.

7. Overinflation

If you've filled up your tires with too much air, your drive won't be as safe. Less of the tire will come into contact with the road, decreasing the amount of traction your tires will deliver. It also puts excessive pressure on a smaller area of the tire, making damage much more likely.

6. Underinflation

On the other end of the spectrum is underinflation. If your tires don't have enough air, the tread may wear down unevenly, and your tire may suffer sidewall damage as the sidewall makes contact with the road.

Even if your tire has no other damage, it may still become underinflated. It's normal for tires to lose a small amount of air over time, and if you haven't filled the tires recently, that lost air may become a problem. Fortunately, most modern vehicles have a tire pressure monitoring system that will let you know if a tire has too little pressure so you can add air soon.

A tire with good, deep tread.

5. Infrequent Tire Rotations

Getting your tires rotated regularly is a great way to avoid tire damage. The weight distribution in a car isn't even, so each tire will be under different kinds of pressure. By rotating them, you can keep one tire from bearing the brunt of the weight, lengthening its lifespan and keeping it from premature damage.

4. Bad Wheel Alignment

Not only can misaligned wheels be dangerous, but they can also damage your tires. The tires may wear down unevenly, damaging the wheel and making it necessary to get new wheels sooner.

This tire has tread that is dangerously low.

3. Curbs & Other Road Hazards

No matter how careful you are, there's always that one curb or pothole that comes out of nowhere and slams into your tire. These obstacles can give you a flat tire or damage the sidewall, as well as potentially bending the rims.

2. Punctures

It can be difficult to spot sharp objects like nails and screws on the road. This makes them easy to accidentally run over. The upside? Many punctures can be easily repaired, so you won't have to buy a new set of tires.

1. Wear & Tear

Even if you've managed to avoid all the above causes of tire damage, your tires will still wear down eventually. When you've reached 2/32" tread depth, it's time to replace your tires in order to keep you safe.

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