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What causes tires to blow out? 

On Behalf of | Feb 21, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

The majority of road users across Alabama drive along each day with little cause for concern. However, for a minority, the experience is different. There are enough road traffic collisions in the state to warrant serious discussion. 

There are numerous causes of accidents, with some being down to mechanical failures, some driver errors and some come down to nothing more than bad luck. Tire blowouts are one of the scariest occurrences that can happen while a vehicle is in motion, and they can result in serious accidents. There are some common causes of tire blowouts and recognizing these could help to protect you. 


Before setting off, it is important to check that your tires are in order. You can usually tell if a tire is seriously under-inflated, as it will turn flat at the bottom, rather than holding a round shape. Ideally, your tires should be checked with a pressure gauge at least every few weeks. If your tires are under-inflated, then they will be placed under extra strain and might overheat, leading to a blowout in the middle of the road. 

Poor overall condition

For your vehicle to remain safe, all of its components need to be working optimally. However, there are some aspects that you can live without, such as the internal radio or heating system. This is not the case with tires, you cannot simply do without them. Tires are fundamental to the handling of the vehicle and your safety. They should be maintained and replaced when necessary. If you run a car with aged or worn tires, you run the risk of them blowing out at a time when you need them. 

Keeping yourself safe on the roads in Alabama is crucial. If you have been caught up in a road traffic collision, take a closer look at the legal options available to you.