Hot weather and under-inflated tires are a dangerous combination. In fact, it is the heat that is the ultimate enemy of tires. Some of the worst tire-related accidents are the result of under-inflated tires during the summer months. When tire tread is worn, it can cause your vehicle to respond poorly in dangerous weather conditions, such as rain. Worn tire tread can also make other parts of your vehicle wear prematurely.
With the month of June being National Tire Safety Month, this serves as an excellent reminder for drivers to check the condition of their tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that tire failure causes approximately 11,000 crashes a year. The most common causes include tread separations, blowouts, bald tires and under-inflated tires. To prevent tire failure this summer, NHTSA has the following safety recommendations:
- Follow the recommended tire pressure in pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) for your vehicle.
- Purchase a tire pressure gauge to keep in your car and check your tires at least once a month.
- Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the specific recommendations for tire replacement.
- Monitor the tread on all tires on your vehicle and note your vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system on the dashboard. Take immediate action if you receive a warning.
- Look for tread wear indicators. These are raised sections spaced throughout the bottom of the tread grooves. When these are apparent, it is time to replace your tires.
- Do the penny test. Place a penny in the tread of your tires with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, your tire tread is worn and needs to be replaced.
During the summer months, Florida is a vacation hot spot for thousands of tourists, increasing the likelihood of accidents on the road. Car accidents, truck accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of drivers’ unfamiliarity with Florida roadways, traffic patterns and unsafe driving behaviors. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident or any other type of accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Car Accident Attorney immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys has helped clients and their families obtain compensation for their injuries and losses in all types of accidents. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website or call us today to set up a free consultation to discuss your case at 407-490-1271.