12 Days of Holiday Safety: Tire Safety
Whether you are driving to the next holiday festivity or traveling long hours to spend quality time with your family, tire safety should be at the top of your checklist to avoid disaster. Although snow and ice are fun to play in, they are dangerous conditions for driving.
Under-inflated tires are the leading cause of failure according to tiresafety.com. More than 500 people die annually in tire-related vehicle accidents and 19,000 people are injured.
Winter storms that bring colder than normal temperatures can happen in any region of the country. This can cause the roads become extremely dangerous to travel on.
Prepare now, later is too late.
If you regularly drive in temperatures 45 F or below, you should replace all four of your tires with winter tires.They are made to have better contact with the road through winter conditions due to the soft rubber they are made out of. It is also helpful to have a separate set of wheels specifically for your winter tires to avoid wear and tear from ice, snow, and salt during the cold temperatures.
Check your air pressure
Check your tire pressure each month when they are cool to the touch, to determine the right inflation level. When the temperature drops, tire pressure will also drop about 1 PSI for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Poor gas mileage, decreased steering and braking control, excessive tire wear and the possibility of tire failure may all be due to low tire pressure. This would also be a good time to check for any nails to ensure tire safety.
Rotate your tires
Rotate your tires every 5,000- 8,000 miles to increase tread life. If your tires are not regularly rotated, they will develop uneven or irregular wear patterns which can cause tires to wear out prematurely and cause ride disturbances. If your tires are showing uneven wear, it is recommended having your tires inspected by a qualified expert.
Plan your route
Plan your route and be aware of weather road conditions by tuning in to local media. Make driving decisions ahead of time and avoid potentially dangerous situations. Stay off the roads completely if conditions are particularly bad.
Tire Safety Quick Tips
- Tire tread depth should be tested monthly to practice tire safety. An easy way to do this if you don’t have a tread depth gauge is with a penny. Insert a penny into several tread grooves on the tire. If you can see the top of President Lincoln’s head, this indicates the tire tread is too low.
- Stay equipped with an emergency roadside kit and an inflated spare tire, in the car at all times.
- Many crashes are caused by driving too fast for current conditions, slow down. If the pavement is wet or icy, vehicles can’t stop as fast or turn accurately.
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- Written by Jill Fowler