There are few things that can derail a family vacation more quickly than having a tire blowout. Fortunately, there are a couple of things that can help you prevent a cruising calamity.

Realize the importance of proper tire inflation: It’s no secret that tires are one of the most important parts of your car. In addition to just keeping you moving from place to place, they are critical to your safety – and the safety of others on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has found that vehicles driving on tires underinflated by more than 25 percent are three times more likely to be involved in a crash related to tire problems than vehicles with proper inflation. Tires underinflated up to 25 percent run the risk of overheating, leading to failure, and at the very least adversely affecting handling and tread life.