Summer Driving Safety: Tips for Checking Your Tires (Pt. 1)
July 20, 2014
In theme with our summer driving safety series for July, in this two-part blog, we will take a closer look at what you can do to:
Ensure your vehicles’ tires are in good working order.
- Reduce your risk of tire blowouts, tread separation or other forms of tire failure.
- Ultimately, reduce your risk of getting into car accidents this summer.
If you end up being involved in a car accident, however, despite your attentiveness to summer driving safety, Beaverton Car Accident Attorney Linda Weimar will be ready to represent you and help you obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries and losses.
How to Prevent Tire Blowouts: Proper Tire Maintenance
Each year in the U.S., tire blowouts and other forms of tire failure cause approximately 11,000 car accidents, and more than 200 people are killed in these collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In many cases, these serious car accidents could have been prevented if:
- Drivers or vehicle owners were more diligent about properly maintaining the vehicle’s tires.
- Tire manufacturers were more careful when making these tires (by, for instance, using safer materials, properly testing the safety of tires before selling them to the public, etc.).
While there may be little that people can do to prevent tire manufacturers’ negligence, there is plenty they can do when it comes to proper tire maintenance. Specifically, motorists can:
- Regularly check the air pressure of their tires – At least once a week or once a month (depending on how much you drive) and before any longer road trip, make sure to check the air pressure in your tires. If the pressure is outside of the “safe” range as set by tire manufacturers, make sure to appropriately adjust the tire air pressure (by adding or letting out air).
- Regularly check the tread on their tires – Not having sufficient tread on tires can significantly increase the risk of tire blowouts and car accidents.
- Get tires rotated – Tires don’t wear down evenly, so rotating them can help with more even wearing while minimizing possible alignment issues and the risk of tire blowouts.
- Replace tires when necessary – While this includes replacing tires when the tread is substantially worn down, it also involves getting new tires according to manufacturers’ suggested guidelines and/or when there may have been a recall on a vehicle’s tires.
Stay posted for the upcoming second part of this blog for some specific tips on how you can check tire tread.
Beaverton Car Accident Attorney at the Weimar Law Offices
If you have been injured in a traffic accident, Beaverton Car Accident Attorney Linda Weimar is ready to aggressively advocate your rights both inside and outside of the courtroom. Since 1997, Attorney Linda Weimar has been dedicated to providing compassionate support to the injured while aggressively pursuing their rights to compensation for their injuries and losses.
When injured people choose to work with Beaverton Car Accident Lawyer Linda Weimar, they can rest assured that their important legal matters will be handled by an experienced, dedicated and skilled professional who will do what it takes to obtain the best possible resolution to their case.
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From our offices in Beaverton, Attorney Linda Weimar represents people with various types of personal injury claims throughout Washington County, including in West Side and Hillsboro.