Tire maintenance and Car Safety
Automobiles are such a part of everyday life, that we forget how complex they are. Hundreds of parts, if not thousands, are working in unison to help you get from point A to point B. While a typical driver may not have extensive knowledge regarding how cars and trucks work, that doesn’t mean you get to ignore routine vehicle maintenance. There are several benefits with regards to proper care of your car and it doesn’t just stop at extending the lifetime of your ride. One of the easiest items on the list that you can maintain is your tires.
Easy Maintenance for Your Safety
The first item on the list of maintenance is to keep an eye on your tread depth. You should inspect the tread and make sure that they aren’t going bald. When the tread is worn too low or non-existent, your vehicle could have problems hydroplaning on a wet road. If the tread isn’t deep enough for the grooves to channel out the water properly, then you could put yourself, your passengers, and others on the road in danger.
Another issue that is easily maintained but often overlooked is tire air pressure. If your tire's air pressure gets too low, you could have a blowout. When your tires don’t have enough air in them, they create more surface area in contact with the road. At highway speeds, the extra contact can create more heat than the tire is manufactured to handle. Even at low speeds, your tires will have added stress applied to the sidewalls and this can damage their integrity. Combine weakened sidewalls and too much heat and you have a recipe for disaster in the making. Every tire can be different and learning what their optimum pressure is and maintaining it could be the difference between arriving on time or being late because of a blowout. On top of that, depending on what season it is, your tires may have a different optimal pressure during fall and winter, as opposed to spring and summer. When you buy a set of tires, make sure they provide you with instructions for proper care. The good news is that with many newer models, the dash has a warning light that will tell you if your tire pressure is too low. If you don't have the luxury of tire pressure sensors on your car, a gauge is relatively cheap and can easily store in your glovebox. Another option is to have a professional check your pressure periodically.
Keeping your tires rotated will also help to extend the life of your tires and help them to wear evenly throughout their usage. This action will save you money in the long run and help keep your tires in optimal condition. The better condition your tires are in, the better off you will be while driving. If you don’t feel comfortable doing any of this maintenance yourself, most tire shops would be happy to check your tires out and let you know if they find any issues.
Safety may be a priority to you, but it may not be to some other drivers. So many people share the roads in Texas that car accidents are a commonplace occurrence. Sadly, in some of these crashes, people get seriously hurt and even experience life-changing injuries. You may wonder what course of action you have if someone else's negligence and dangerous driving habits have left you stuck with a huge medical bill or worse. If you have been injured in a car accident, The Galbreath Law Firm in Abilene, TX, can help. Contact us to talk about your situation. The first consultation is free so you can speak to us without worrying about any financial risks. We have helped countless injured Texans and we will work hard to make sure you don’t have to fight with the insurance companies alone.