Why do vehicle tires blow out more in summer and How to prevent it?

Updated: Jan 12

Tire blow outs can happen at anytime when it is not maintained properly. However, during summer the problem is more prevalent.

Underinflated Tires:

  • It is the tire with less air(pressure) than is needed for normal use. It creates a flapping noise or a "whomp-whomp" noise while driving.

  • Driving on underinflated tires can overheat the tires and increase the chance of a blowout especially when the road temperature is extremely high.

  • While driving a car down the road, the sidewalls of the tires are flexing which creates heat. If the tire pressure is fine, it creates minimal heat. But if the pressure is low, the sidewalls have to do a lot more flexing, that leads to creating a lot more heat.

  • Underinflated tires can blow out at anytime of the year. But in summer the heated tires gets completely exhausted and blow out eventually.

Low thread depth:

  • Bald tires are sensitive to excessive heat.

  • Tires typically come with 10/32” or 11/32” tread depths. It is advisable to replace the tires when they reach 2/32”.

Other reasons:

  • Damages in the sidewalls or tire components.

  • Flaws in the manufacturing of the tire.

  • Vehicle overloading.

  • Age of the tire.

  • Rash driving.

  • Poor road condition.


  • Check the tires monthly for air pressure. Inflate the tires as needed, keeping the tire always at its optimum pressure level.

  • Penny test determines if the tires have enough tread for the road. Just place a penny upside down in the tread. If any part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, the tire should be road ready. If not, it may be time for new tires.

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