In June, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) kicked off National Tire Safety Week.
Tires are the unsung heroes of motor vehicle safety. Properly maintained and fitted tires contribute to a smooth ride, gas economy and importantly — safety on the road. Keeping track of tread is important — about 200 fatalities per year are attributed to tires in poor condition.
Whether or not you are planning a summer road trip, take note of these safety points from NHTSA:
- Check-up: Have your tires checked during routine car maintenance at least once a year. Road and sun damage cause tires to wear out and deteriorate. Do not wait for a blow-out; buy new tires when recommended.
- Inflation: Proper tire pressure is critical to tire performance and safety. Improperly inflated tires do not handle as intended under normal driving conditions or in inclement weather. NHTSA notes about one in four cars have one improperly inflated tire. Uneven inflation causes excessive wear and affects the handling of your vehicle.
- Pay at the pump: Appropriately inflated tires save you money at the fuel pump. Under-inflated tires drop your fuel economy by as much as .03 percent for every pound per square inch drop in pressure.
- The tread test: At least once a month, put a penny in your tire tread with the image of Abraham Lincoln upside down and facing you. When you see the top of Honest Abe’s head—it is time for a new tire.
Tire safety is no joke. Vehicle tires are the only thing between you and the road. Be Tirewise — make sure you have the right tires for your car and check for recalls.
If you suffer a car or other injury in Florida caused by the negligence of others, speak with an experienced injury lawyer in Sarasota.