Tire Safety Tips to Help Avoid Accidents
The speed limit on Houston roads can range from 55-65mph, however, if you know anything about Houston drivers, you know that most tend to do more than the posted speed limit. Driving speeds of 70 to 80 mph on a Houston highway full of potholes and bumps does not end well for many drivers.
According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every year there are more than 11,000 tire-related crashes on roadways. The profuse causes of these car accidents stem from under-inflated tires.
Learning proper tire safety and maintenance practices is critical to you and other drivers who share the road with you. Experts from AAA Texas, Bridgestone, NHTSA, and Michelin have released some tip that they all agree should keep drivers safer on the roads.
TIP#1: Regularly Check Your Tire Pressure
One way to keep track of your tire pressure is with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Newer vehicles are usually equipped with this feature that lights up your dashboard when your tire pressure is low. Some vehicle manufacturers have even made it possible to see what the current tire pressure is on all four tires straight from your dashboard. It is important to note that the TPMS system does not detect over-inflated tires. Over-inflated tires are just as dangerous as under-inflated tires.
If your tires do happen to be under-inflated or over-inflated, the inside of the driver’s side door or the owner’s manual will tell you the recommended inflation level for your vehicle.
TIP#2: Check for Worn Treads
The tread of a tire or track refers to the rubber on its circumference that makes contact with the road or the ground. As tires are used, the tread is worn off, limiting its effectiveness in providing traction. Worn tire treads are a significant cause of tire failure. An easy way to check your tire treads is to grab a penny and stick it in the groove of the tire with Abe Lincoln facing you. If the top of Lincoln’s head is clearly visible, then it’s time to change your tires out.
TIP#3: Perform Regular Visual Tire Inspections
Well before your tire pressure drops or the treads wear down, there can be visible signs of tire problems. Detecting such issues require a regular look over your tires or regular checkup at a tire dealer.
Damage to the sidewall of your tires such as a bulge, missing rubber, or deep abrasions from hitting the curb could mean you are headed to tire failure soon. Also, nails lodged in the tread of tires can cause an immediate loss of pressure.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, it is important that you contact a car accident attorney in Houston who is experienced with these types of cases. Call (713) 524-8139 or go online to speak with an experienced Houston car accident attorney at Pusch & Nguyen Law Firm. Receive a free consultation to see what your legal options really are.