Tire Safety Can Prevent a Car Wreck

Written by Greg on December 2, 2012

Your tires are truly the only thing ‘standing’ between you and road safety most of the time. Make a copy of the following tire safety checklist and keep it in your vehicle where you can refer to it regularly.

Make it a monthly habit to check your tire pressure and don’t forget the spare tire as well.

A quick walk around your car or truck on a regular basis should be performed at which time you can inspect the tires of your vehicle for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. (Remove any objects that have become wedged in the tread).

Be sure you have tire valve covers on each tire.

Make it a point to check your tire pressure before setting out on a lengthy trip.

Overloading your vehicle can put undue pressure on your tires and cause damage. Check your owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.

If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

To increase the length of life of your tires slow down when traveling over a pothole or other object in the road and avoid running over curbs.

If you are unsure of your tires take your vehicle to a reputable dealer for an inspection.

Tire blowouts can lead to rollover accidents and other very serious or fatal crashes.  Do your part and inspect your tires frequently.

Greg Baumgartner is a Texas injury lawyer.

Posted Under: Consumer Information, Safety

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