Bad Tires Cause Accidents
When you are driving, you most likely keep an eye out for potential hazards on the road. If it is an icy morning, you hopefully drive slower than the speed limit and maintain a safe following distance. You watch for potholes, standing water, and debris so as to remain safe and keep from damaging your car. Ideally, you also drive defensively, looking for other drivers who may be speeding, driving distracted, weaving in and out of traffic, or failing to maintain a single lane. However, even the most cautious driver can miss the thing that is a major cause of many serious or even fatal car accidents: worn out tires.
While today’s tires are better than ever thanks to new manufacturing processes and stronger materials that are designed to last longer, many car owners make the mistake of not giving a thought to their tires because of these advancements. As miles are put on your car, the tread is worn down from repetitive driving and braking. Even normal wear and tear on tires weakens them and can lead to problematic situations such as hydroplaning on wet roads due to weaker grip on slick surfaces, blowouts (which often lead to the driver losing control of the vehicle and crashing), and difficulty stopping. Your tires can also become misaligned, which can eventually lead to expensive maintenance on your vehicle or an accident.
It is important for your safety and that of others on the road that you maintain your tires the same way you do your engine oil and wiper fluid. Collision King recommends that you check your tire pressure once a month or more frequently if you experience drastic variations in temperature over a short amount of time. You should also replace your tires every three to four years or after about 60,000 miles. Your spare tire should also be kept in your car at all times in case you need it. If you are unsure of the condition of your tires or if you need an alignment, contact Collision King. We would love to help you make the roads safer, especially around the holidays!