Bad tires are increasingly becoming a leading cause of road traffic accidents. Doing a few things right when it comes to tires can help motorists avoid deadly mistakes on the road — especially in wet conditions.
We have compiled the following 5 tips to help drivers not only get the most out of their tires, but also stay safe and ultimately keep their passengers safe on the road:
- It is essential to rotate your tires regularly.
Rotating your tires every 5,000-7,000 miles will help tires wear at the same time.
- Ensure to always put new tires on the back axle
This will help you keep control of your car on wet roads. “It doesn’t matter if you’re driving front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive,” said Sarah Robinson, a Michelin tire safety expert. “If you lose traction in the rear first, the car is gonna spin. Physics always wins.”
- Keep tire pressure at the recommended level
Low tire pressure may cause tires to lose grip on wet, rainy surfaces. Wondering how much pressure your tires need? Look for the number in your car owner’s manual or on your car door. This will indicate the appropriate pressure necessary for your tires.
- Check your tire pressure on a regular basis.
Michelin tire safety expert, Sarah Robinson, recommends that you do this once a month or before a long road trip. It’s best to do this in the morning when the pressures are cool and stabilized, Robinson added.
- Check tire tread depth regularly.
Low thread depth is a leading cause of tire-related crashes. Appropriate tread depth will help keep good traction on wet roads. An easy way to check tread depth is to use a quarter inserted upside down into the tire groove: If you can see above Washington’s head, start shopping for new tires.
Following these tips will not only help you get the most out of your tires, but also stay safe on the road.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded about the crash. “Please make sure you are regularly checking your tires to make sure they have enough tread. This will help keep you safe while behind the wheel and to avoid possible injury”.
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