Did you know that three out of four drivers wash their car every month while only one out of seven drivers actually checks their tire pressure?
How about the fact that a significant number of people are driving on bald tires? Reports indicate that driving on under-inflated, over-inflated, or bald tires can lead to injury to both the vehicle and its occupants. Using under-inflated tires reduces traction while increases the chances of hydroplaning on wet surfaces and tire blowout.
Proper tire maintenance is an important safety function that is often neglected. Under-inflation is the leading cause of tire problems; they are more prone to damage and failure. In addition, under- inflation can lead to higher fuel costs by as much as five cents per gallon.
According to the U. S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
- 9 percent of passenger vehicles are driven with at least one bald tire
90 percent of gas stations are equipped with air pumps but 10 percent have
- 49 percent of gasoline stations provide pressure gauges
Tires should be replaced when the tread is worn down to 1/16 of an inch
Other things to look for include:
- Tire damage – cracking, splits, slashes
- Tire rotation – make sure you rotate your tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles
Few people prepare for the unexpected, such as a tire blowout, which can leave you feeling helpless on the crowed freeway. If you are involved in an accident as a result of a tire blowout, it may not be your fault. You may have been driving on a damaged tire.
Contact the San Bernardino personal injury law offices of Welebir Tierney & Weck. We will provide the experience, knowledge, and dedication that it takes to fight for the compensation you deserve.