Living in California, most residents do not worry much about some of the hazards that people in the rest of the country worry about. For example, in most areas of California, winter driving is not hazardous. As a result, some drivers do not take the care that drivers in other parts of the country do. One perfect example is the status of their tires.
People in states that see a lot of ice and snow generally have their tires checked at least twice a year. They know that their tire performance is going to be significantly worse in icy or snowy areas, and as a result they take steps to ensure their tires are in great shape. This is not the case with people in this state. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we have seen many car accidents that occurred due to poorly-maintained tires.
Today we are going to share some tips to ensure your tires are in good shape. If you have already been injured in an accident, then we urge you to contact us at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation. We can help you find out what your legal options are.
Tire health safety tips
There are a few things you can do to help increase the chance that your tires are in great shape:
- Buy a digital tire pressure gauge, learn how to use it, and us it regularly to check your tire pressure. Note that the recommend air pressure varies by vehicle so be sure to check your car’s owner’s manual. You can also look for a sticker inside the driver’s side door. It will list the right pressure for your tires.
- When you check your air pressure, only do so after it has been allowed to sit for a few hours after being used. If you check the tire pressure right after you’ve used your vehicle, the heat and friction caused by traveling can affect the pressure reading.
- If your tires are not properly inflated, inflate them right away. An under-inflated tire causes more heat, which can lead to tire failure and accidents.
- To find out if your tire treads are still optimal, put a penny between the treads. If you can see any part of Lincoln’s head then the tire does not have enough tread left and is not safe.
- Have your tires rotated. If your car shimmies, then they should be rebalanced.
Note that there is nothing you can do to ensure that every car on the road has properly inflated tires. However, you can take steps to ensure that your car is as safe as possible. In addition to the above tips, you can also ask to have your tires checked and rotated at your next oil change.