Your tires are the only part of your vehicle that connects directly to the road. Safe tires are absolutely vital for safe driving. It is important to inspect and maintain your tires regularly. Failure to do so can result in car accidents and significant damage.
A tire must be replaced when it begins to wear out. A bald tire is always dangerous, but worn out tires are especially dangerous in inclement weather. Tire treads are designed to evacuate water from beneath the tire, allowing the tire to maintain contact with the road. The tread present in bald tires is too shallow to perform this function. Additionally, bald tires won’t dig into the snow and can make it difficult to start and stop. You can check your tire’s tread by using a quarter. Insert a quarter into the tread. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, the tire needs to be replaced.
Tires need to be replaced at least every 10 years, though many manufacturers recommend that you replace them every 6 years. Rubber breaks down over time, which causes the tire to become progressively thinner. This can make the tire more easily punctured. You can check the date the tire was made by reading the DOT number printed on the tire. The final four digits of this number indicate the week and the year that the tire was made.
It is important to provide regular maintenance to ensure that your tires are safe. They must be rotated regularly and you should also check the air pressure frequently. A tire with too much air or too little can create significant problems.
It is important to keep your vehicle as safe as possible. Failure to do so can lead to automotive accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may want to seek a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. To learn more about a car accident claim, contact us at LeBaron & Jensen today!