Nationals Tire Safety Week (May 28 to June 3) is just weeks away. The purpose of this week is to encourage automobile owners to check their tires to ensure they are in good condition. Do not underestimate the danger of aged or worn tires. Though most people know tires with insufficient tread can induce an accident, tires that are poorly (or excessively) inflated also heighten the odds of an accident.
The NHTSA reports that 200 people perish each year due to automobile crashes caused by aged, worn or poorly maintained tires. If you have lost a loved one as a result of another driver’s negligence or if you have endured an auto accident that was not completely your fault, our Yuma car accident lawyers can help.
Here are just a few tips to help improve tire condition and reduce the odds of a tire-related Yuma accident:
Check Your Tire Air Pressure
Tire pressure impacts your tire’s durability as well as its ability to remain inflated and keep vehicle occupants safe. Verify that the air pressure is at the level listed on the side of the driver side door. Gauge the tire pressure at least once a month.
Mind the Tire Tread
Check your tire treads by examining the wear bar positioned between the treads. If the depth has reached this bar or moved below it, your tires should be replaced. You can also check tire tread by flipping a penny upside down so President Lincoln’s head is in between the tread. If you can spot the top of his head, it is time to replace your tires.
- Balance and Alignment: A balancing of your vehicle’s tires will minimize vibration and shaking. Aligning your vehicle’s wheels will stop your vehicle from veering to the side when you are attempting to drive straight ahead.
- Rotate Those Tires: Leaving your tires in the exact same positions will cause excessive and uneven wear. Your tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Such a rotation will decrease wear and make the tires that much safer to drive on.
- Mind the Tire Size: When the time comes to buy new tires, be sure to purchase the same size tires as the vehicle manufacturer requires.
Yuma Car Accident Lawyers on Your Side
If you are involved in any sort of car accident that you suspect is even partially the fault of another person, we can help you seek the compensation you may deserve. Our Yuma car accident lawyers will zealously advocate on your behalf so you do not have to bear the cost of medical treatment, property damage, lost time at work and so on. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. You can reach out office by phone at 928-344-6200.