Summer is finally here. It is time for an epic road trip, or at least a visit to the Colorado River. You will likely be tempted to load up the cooler, hop in your vehicle, and start driving as soon as the weekend arrives. However, rushing into a road trip is a mistake, especially when triple digit temperatures loom. Your trip will prove to be that much safer if you take the little bit of time necessary to inspect your vehicle with a particular focus on tire integrity. Unfortunately, you can do all the preparatory work required for a safe road trip and still end up in an accident due to the negligence of others. If you suffer such an injustice, do not assume there is no legal recourse. Our Bullhead City accident lawyers will fiercely advocate on your behalf until you get justice.
The Importance of Tire Safety
This year’s National Tire Safety Week is May 21 – May 28. Seize the opportunity to analyze the condition of your vehicle’s tires. As a result, you will have the confidence necessary to embark on that cross-state or cross-country road trip. Even if you are not planning a lengthy trip, tire safety is still important. A popped tire, flat tire, or other tire issue can leave you stranded in or around Bullhead City when the temperature is usually well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Be proactive by having your vehicle’s tires inspected, repaired, replaced, and/or filled to the proper pressure level before you hit the road for some fun in the sun.
Summer Tire Safety Tips: Air Pressure Matters
Check your tire air pressure at least once per month. If you neglect your tires, the pressure will gradually decrease. Under-inflated tires prove much more dangerous than those inflated to the proper level. Under-inflated tires wear out quicker than those with the proper amount of air. Furthermore, fuel efficiency improves when the tires have adequate pressure.
Tire Type Also Matters
It is a mistake to assume any old tire will suffice for summer driving in Bullhead City. You need a set of high-quality, durable, and reliable tires to withstand the blazing hot pavement and sun rays. Summer-specific tires are ideal for our beautiful locale. If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle and plan on enjoying some off-roading in the desert this summer, add off-road or all-terrain tires to your vehicle to reduce the chances of a blowout.
Rotate Your Tires!
Most people have their vehicle’s engine oil changed every 6,000 miles. An oil change is the perfect opportunity for a tire rotation. Rotating the tires every 6,000 miles allows for even wear and tear that ultimately prolongs their lifespan.
Inspect Your Tires for Wear and Tear
Request that your automotive service professional examine your tires for wear and tear. He or she might identify excessive wear, imbalance, a misalignment, or another mechanical issue. Aside from tread-wear, they should also inspect tires for bulges, tears/cuts, penetration, and cracks.
You can do your part to gauge the integrity of your tires with the following DIY method: Place a penny in your tire groove with the Abraham Lincoln side upside down and facing your direction. If the entirety of Lincoln’s head is visible, the tire needs replacing. Replace tires with shallow tread right away as they will struggle to grip the road and protect your vehicle occupants safe. If the tread of the tire conceals the majority of Lincoln’s head, your tires are good-to-go for the time being.
Contact Our Bullhead City Accident Lawyers After Your Auto Accident
Our legal team is here to help you emerge from this difficult period of your life with justice and financial compensation. Reach out to our Bullhead City accident lawyers after you have received the necessary medical attention and contacted the police to document the accident. Call Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys at 928-923-6777 to schedule an initial consultation. Our typical office hours are 8AM to 5PM, yet we are willing to take your call, anytime, 24/7. If you prefer to contact us online, check out our LiveChat feature. So don’t wait. Contact us today!