Your car’s tires are the only part of the vehicle that comes into direct contact with the road. As such, they are a critical item helping to ensure your safety.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are typically 11,000 tire-related vehicle crashes in the U.S. each year. Making sure your tires are in good condition should, therefore, be a priority.
At Curtis Legal Group, we sometimes see situations where tire-related accidents happen because of poor inflation or overall tire wear and tear. These types of car accidents can often be avoided by simple inspections and maintenance.
The American Auto Association (AAA) recommends checking the air pressure on your tires at least once a month. Over or under inflation can cause unnecessary wear. Under-inflation can also cause poor gas mileage.
How much should your tires be inflated? Since 2003, vehicle manufacturers have been directed to place tire information placards on the driver’s side doorjamb of each vehicle. They identify the original equipment tire sizes and recommended inflation pressures measured in pounds per square inch (psi.) Always check tire pressure when the tires are cold since driving can temporarily increase tire pressure.
It is also important to periodically check the depth of tread on your tires. AAA recommends using a quarter test to do so. Simply insert a quarter into a tread groove with the top of Washington’s head facing toward the tire. If the top of his head is not visible, you should have sufficient tire tread (at least 4/32 of an inch.) If you can see the top of George’s head, it is time to start shopping for new tires.
Other useful information about tire maintenance can be found on the NHTSA website. Well-maintained tires are essential for vehicle safety and your safety as well!
We at Curtis Legal Group want to ensure that you drive safely at all times.