When discussing safety on the road, we talk a lot about decisions the driver makes while the vehicle is moving. There are a wide number of factors that drivers have control over, such as speed, seat belt usage, and their own sobriety.
Equally important, however, are some actions owners need to make while not actively driving, such as ensuring that their tires are up to the job. Thankfully, the NHTSA has an entire page about properly choosing and maintaining tires to help you stay safe on the road.
When shopping for tires, there are a few things you should know to check. While most of these factors are written on the tire somewhere, the NHTSA also provides an easy reference to look up and compare any factors that come with a rating, available on their website.
The NHTSA recommends checking tire pressure in all your tires at least once a month and checking the tire tread when doing so. There is a tread indicator built into the tire, and tread can be checked with a penny by placing it into the tread. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head when placed so he looks upside-down, it is time to change the tires.
For most vehicles, tires should be rotated to avoid irregular wear every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Tire rotation is not recommended for some vehicles, such as those that use different sizes between the front and back.
About 200 people die per year in tire-related accidents. When drivers don’t take their tire safety seriously, accidents happen and people get hurt. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a car accident, contact us today to find out how we can help.
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