How Safe are My Tires?

Because tire maintenance is one of the most overlooked components of roadway safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to raise awareness about the importance of being “Tire Wise” this summer and all year-round. According to the NHTSA, there are approximately 11,000 tire-related crashes on U.S. roadways each year. In 2016, 733 motor vehicle traffic fatalities involved a contributing factor of tire malfunction, and an estimated 19,000 people were injured in crashes involving tire malfunction as a contributing factor in 2015. Most tire-related crashes are preventable with appropriate maintenance, so it’s important for all drivers to be Tire Wise.

Being a Tire Wise Shopper

Safe vehicles start with safe tires. Tire Wise drivers learn important information about how to buy tires, read tire labels and how to keep their tires well maintained. If you’re in the market for new tires, the NHTSA has a comprehensive and easy-to-read PDF with everything you should know. This one-page guide can help you to determine what type of tires you should buy, and it also tells you how to determine the age of the tires you’re looking at. Even if you’re looking at brand new tires in a showroom, you need to be able to determine their age.

Keeping Tires Properly Inflated

In addition to making sure you have good tread, keeping tires properly inflated is one of the most important parts of good tire maintenance. Making sure your tires are properly inflated helps to ensure your vehicle is safe and roadworthy. It also helps to prevent uneven tread wear and potential blowouts and flats. Finally, keeping your tires properly inflated saves money at the pump. If your tires are properly inflated, you’re going to get better fuel economy.

Tire Related Accidents in California

Any type of car accident can temporarily or permanently disrupt a person’s life. It can take weeks, months or longer to get back on your feet after an accident. Whether it was a blowout or some other type of tire-related malfunction, it’s a good idea to speak with a Personal Injury lawyer about your options after a wreck.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident in San Diego, along the Central Coast or in any of the surrounding communities, 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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