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Tyred & Worn Out

Tyred & Worn Out

Tyre blowouts were shown to be the most common reason for car accidents in Britain last year, accounting for 446 accidents over the 12 month period, and beating faulty brakes to the top spot by 81. Though this is mainly to do with the mainstream car industry, here at ATE-UK we can do our bit to ensure that trailers are maintained correctly so we do not come across the same issues.

Disappointingly these issues are usually caused by poor maintenance of the trailer wheels and tyre assemblies. Whilst there are many factors that cause damage and wear to tyres, we’ve detailed the most common issues to look for when carrying out your regular trailer maintenance checks.

  • Always keep an eye on the tyre pressure

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is one of the most effective ways to avoid a blowout. Both too low or too high pressure can cause lasting damage and excessive wear to your wheels. While all tyres are different and require different pressure levels, they all lose pressure naturally over time, so we’d advise regularly checking the pressure is correct.

  • Never over or under inflate

Over inflation can cause the rubber to stretch and then burst, while under inflation can result in overheating on the surface of the tyres which eventually will also lead to a blowout.

  • Avoid too much weight

Drivers don’t usually connect overloading and blowouts but filling your trailer over its weight capacity puts additional strain on the tyres, which can cause a lot of damage very quickly. If you do not know the trailer weight capacity, it is usually found on the trailer axle.

Unlike tyre pressure and over or under inflation, too much weight in your trailer is detrimental to all tyres fitted to it, and therefore either one or more can blow out mid trip.

  • Speeding

Just another of the many reasons to avoid speeding – driving quickly and carelessly on the road can lead to tyres becoming damaged and bursting. Driving at high speeds can lead to a quick loss of air pressure which can lead to overheating, and subsequent blowout.

In addition to this, debris on the roads or poorly maintained roads can also cause sudden damage to tyres which can also lead to blowouts.

  • Ensure tyres are balanced and rotated correctly

Correct rotation and balance ensures an even wear on the tyre tread and also an even weight distribution on the wheel too. If tyres are incorrectly balanced or aligned this puts additional pressure on certain parts of the tyre, weakening these areas and making it more likely they will blow out.

If your tyre does blow, then you will need a full wheel and tyre assembly to replace the shattered parts.