Tire Maintenance Can Reduce Risk of Accidents
While auto accident prevention focuses heavily on putting the phone down while driving, and warns against drinking and driving, tire maintenance is a factor that should not be overlooked. Research shows that every year there are about 11,000 tire-related crashes. Keeping your vehicle’s tires maintained is a key component of auto accident prevention. Tires should be regularly checked for pressure, tread depth, and other wear and tear.
Not only can routine tire maintenance reduce your risk of a tire related accident, but increase the durability. Since tires are an expensive investment, this could save you money and allow you to get the most out of your tires. Check out these tire maintenance tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Check Pressure: Check tire pressure once a month, including the spare tire. Be sure to check tire pressure before long trips.
- Inspect: Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma.
- Rotate: Rotate tires every 3,000-6,000 miles.
- Valve Caps: Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
- Check Maximum Recommended Load: Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.
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NHTSA. Tire Safety Checklist. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
NHTSA – Safecar.gov. Be TireWise!. Retrieved March 19, 2015.