One thing that’s true of driving in Orange County is that it does not have many of the hazards you’d find if you drove in other areas of the country. For example, snow is not a major concern. However, don’t let the idea that we have few weather hazards let you believe that you do not need to take steps to ensure your vehicle is ready for rain. One of the simplest things you can do is make sure that you have quality tires – and that they are not in need of replacement.
Do you know how to tell if your tires are safe? Do you know what to do if they are not? Keep reading to get the answers to these and other questions. If you have already been involved in a car accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 to request a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
How to Keep Your Tires Safe
You cannot help the vehicles of other drivers on the road, but you can take steps to prevent your vehicle from increasing the danger. Some of the steps you can take to keep the tires on your car in good working order include:
- Get a digital tire pressure gauge, learn how to use it, and check your tires regularly. The recommended air pressure in your tires will be listed on a sticker on the inside of your driver’s door, or you can find it in your owner’s manual.
- Do not check tire pressure right after you have driven. Ideally, let your vehicle sit for several hours because heat and friction caused by driving can impact pressure readings.
- If you drive with low pressure in your tires, you can cause an accident due to the fact that under-inflated tires generate more heat – this can lead to tire failure.
- A simple way to check the tread on your tires is to use a penny. Put it between the treads. If you can see Lincoln’s head, then you do not have enough tread on your tires. They should be replaced.
- Have your tires rotated and re-balanced if you have noticed that your car shimmies at all.
Poorly inflated tires and / or tires with limited tread can cause issues in several ways. First, tires that are not properly inflated will not offer the same traction – especially in wet conditions. Second, tires without tread are more likely to blowout, and this can cause a serious danger on the highway. If you have been injured in any type of car accident that was all or partially the fault of another driver, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now for a free legal consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.