Proper tire pressure and integrity is crucial to a safe ride in any vehicle. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked areas of vehicle safety. Many people assume that as long as the engine is running and they can get from point A to point B without much trouble, their car is good enough to be peeling down the freeway at high speeds.
Under-inflated tires are a chronic problem for drivers around the world. When tires are below the recommended pressure, they can cause poor handling, higher gas consumption, and excessive heat, leading to the possibility of tire failure. Conversely, over-inflated tires tend to have less road traction, with potentially disastrous consequences in slick road conditions. To keep your ride smooth and safe, check your tire pressure regularly with a standard inexpensive gauge, available at any local auto shop.
Tread depth is also an issue related to road traction. A quick way to make sure your tires still have enough tread is to place a penny in the groove with Lincoln upside-down. If you can see all of his head, it’s time for a new set.
Finally, never neglect the state of your spare tire. Getting a flat only to find that your spare is out of commission as well can be an exceptionally frustrating experience. Also remember that if you have a compact spare (one that is smaller than the rest of your tires), exercise special caution in your speed and driving decisions, as performance will not be the same.
Tire safety has been a major issue in the past few decades, with major recalls announced due to potentially deadly defects. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car crash and you believe that the tire manufacturer may be in some way responsible, contact the Kenosha auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.