We All Need to Do Better When It Comes To Tire Safety
Amy Plemons | May 22, 2018
Just in time for Memorial Day Weekend, when 36.6 million people are expected to hit the road, comes National Tire Safety Week. It’s an annual reminder for drivers to make sure they’re driving on tires with the proper tread and inflation. A recent study found that four in ten teenagers are not. But it’s not just teens with unsafe tire habits. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 19 percent of consumers regularly check and inflate their tires. That’s a pretty alarming statistic.
Tire Safety Issues
Tire safety is a dangerous issue. According to the NHTSA, in 2016, 733 people died in tire-related crashes. Underinflation is a huge problem, as noted frequently by Car Pro Show Host Jerry Reynolds. It’s a topic he talks about often on the show. One in four cars has at least one under-inflated tire according to the NHTSA and it’s a safety hazard not just for you but everyone who shares the road with you. A tire that is 25 percent below its recommended pressure is almost three times more likely to be involved in a tire-related crash than a properly inflated tire.
Tire Safety Tips
It goes without saying keeping your tires in good condition and properly maintained is a must. Two important checks are tread depth and air pressure. But there is a lot more to it than that. Check out host Jerry Reynolds’ tire check guidelines below. They include not only checking tire pressure and tread depth but also the importance of tire rotation, alignment and the checking the age of your tires.
Tire safety starts from the beginning, from understanding different types of tires and knowing whether your vehicle comes with a spare. (Many don’t these days.) Check out our handy guide to choosing tires for your new vehicle below.
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