It’s a common practice for drivers to switch their car tires from winter to summer ones and vice versa at a specialized tire shop. However, many drivers don’t realize that changing tires is not as simple as it seems. One of the most critical steps is ensuring the wheels are correctly tightened after the tire change.
Recently, a Czech news outlet reported a case where the left front wheel of a car became loose and fell off after driving less than 50 kilometers from the tire shop. The driver was lucky to escape without injury, but this incident highlights the importance of adequately tightening car wheels.
According to a survey by Pneumatiky.cz, over 92 percent of Czech drivers switched to summer tires by the end of May this year. Although the season at tire shops was pushed back by about two weeks due to colder weather in April, many drivers still opted for cheaper brands and delayed purchasing new tires due to the current economic situation.
While some may argue that it’s the responsibility of the tire shop to ensure that the wheels are tightened correctly, it’s essential for drivers also to take an active role in maintaining their vehicles. It’s recommended to check the tire pressure and tightness before every drive, although not many drivers follow this advice.
If the wheels are tightened correctly, it’s doubtful for they to become loose on their own. The most common reasons for loose wheels are either poor workmanship or theft attempts. However, even if the wheels are correctly tightened, other factors can cause them to loosen over time, such as corrosion or the wrong type of screws used for the wheel.
To prevent accidents and ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, it’s crucial for drivers to take tire maintenance seriously and to address any issues as soon as they arise. It’s also essential for tire shops to properly train their staff and use appropriate tools and materials to ensure the wheels are tightened to the correct torque specifications.