Running with a defective tire can be disastrous. In fact, most Tennessee personal injury lawyers would not deny that a number of car accident claims have been associated with tire and rim defects. Because tires can make or break how you handle your car, a simple defect can result in accidents that may destroy properties and claim lives.
Before you hit the road, take time to inspect your tires and check for these things to ensure a safe and accident-free ride:
- Tire pressure – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said cars with underinflated tires are three times more at risk of accidents. However, driving with overinflated tires may also result in accidents caused by blowout.
- Tire tread – The tread is responsible for your tire’s traction. When driving on a wet road, the tread allows the water to drain more easily to prevent uncontrolled sledding. You can inspect your tire tread using a penny. Hold the penny upside down so that Abraham Lincoln is on his head, and then stick it between each of the tread’s groove. If the top of Abraham Lincoln’s head is visible to any of the grove, then you should consider replacing the worn out tire.
- Sidewall – If you can see or feel any crack or bulge in your tire’s sidewalls, it means that your tire is damaged and should be replaced immediately for safety
Because tires wear down unevenly (tires in front wear down faster because they carry more than half of your car’s weight), rotating your tires on a regular basis is definitely a good safety practice. However, be aware that there are certain ways on how you should rotate your tires properly. For instance, placing tires with lesser traction on the rear axle makes you more prone to spinning and hydroplaning, and so it is important to always place older tires in front.read more