Are Your Tires Putting Your Life in Danger?

Let’s be honest: tires don’t get much attention. They aren’t flashy, and they aren’t the focus when discussing the latest automobile safety equipment. But in reality, tires play an essential role in your well-being. In an effort to bring tire safety awareness to motorists, the Rubber Manufacturers’ Association has declared May 24 – 30 National Tire Safety Week.

Riding on tires that are worn out puts you at risk for serious and even deadly accidents. Tires that are older can’t hug the roads like new ones, especially in inclement weather.  This can be a problem for Daytona Beach natives when it’s thunderstorm season.

Signs You May Need New Tires

When you drive, your tires are placed under stress and strain. Like anything that works hard, they can get old and worn. Taking the time to examine your wheels can prevent tire failure that could cause a catastrophic accident. Knowing the signs of a bad tire can possibly save your life. Here are some signs to look for:

  • Thin tread. Checking for adequate tire tread is easy, and all you need is a penny. Stick the coin into the tread, so that Lincoln’s head is down in the tire. If you can still see his entire head, your tread isn’t thick enough, and the tire needs to be replaced.
  • Bulges and cracks. If you detect worn spots, tears, bulges, blisters, cracks, or anything other than smooth, healthy-looking rubber, it’s time to purchase on a new set of tires.
  •  Major vibrations. If your vehicle shakes and you feel vibrations while driving, you could be in need of a new set of tires.

Although you care about safety, the same cannot be said for all drivers on the road. If you’re hurt in an accident that resulted from the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. Contact the attorneys of Johnson and Gilbert to learn how.

 

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