Car driving fast on road in California.

Car driving fast on road in California.

When Do I Change My Tires?

Tire maintenance is an incredibly important part of staying safe behind the wheel. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 738 people died in tire-related crashes in 2017. Making sure your tires are properly maintained is critically important, so the NHTSA has a variety of tire maintenance safety tips for motorists. From tire pressure and tread wear to alignment and rotation, make sure you know how to keep your tires safe and ready to roll!

  1. Tire Pressure

    • Regularly checking your tire pressure is the most important part of keeping your tires maintained. Get a tire pressure gauge, and test all four tires once a month. Potholes, weather changes and other environmental issues can cause a change in pressure. Under inflated tires can lead to uneven tread wear, flats and even blowouts. Under inflated tires can also impact gas mileage, so if you want to save money at the pump, keep your tires properly inflated.
  2. Tire Tread

    • Also make sure your tires have adequate tread. This is incredibly important in wet or icy weather. Good tread depth will help to keep your vehicle from sliding or losing traction on roadways. Tires are not safe and need to be replaced with the tread is worn down to 2/32 of an inch.
  3. Balance and Alignment

    • Also make sure your tires are balanced and your wheels are aligned regularly. This will help to maximize the life and safety of your tires. If you’re feeling any vibration, shaking or pulling to the side, you need to get your balance and alignment checked by a qualified technician as soon as possible.
  4. Tire Rotation

    • Finally, regular tire rotations can help to prevent irregular wear on tires. This helps them to stay safe and roadworthy. It also improves fuel efficiency and increases the lifespan of your tires.

Don’t let a preventable blowout endanger your life of the lives of others. Check your tire pressure regularly and keep up with regular tire maintenance issues. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.


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