With more and more counties in California relaxing shelter-in-place restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic, we are likely to see more summer travelers hit the road instead of taking flights or other means of transportation to their respective destinations. While summer road trips are a lot of fun for the family, it is important to remember that there are dangers that come with it. One of the most important things to pay attention to while planning a road trip is to make sure that your tires are in good condition.
Well-maintained tires can help your car last longer, save you money and potentially save your life.
Here are a few tips that could help keep your tires in good shape and prevent a blowout:
- Choose your tires carefully. A number of drivers tend to buy tires based on the initial price or appearance. This might be a mistake. Tires must be chosen based on the correct size recommended for the vehicle and its loading recommendations. It might be a good idea to consult with a knowledgeable tire or automobile dealer about selecting the right tire for your driving needs and patterns.
- Invest in a tire gauge. It is also important that you keep it handy in your vehicle at all times. A tire gauge will tell you if you need to add more air to your tires. Any auto retailer or supply store will have these products.
- Check your tire pressure. It is important to do this at least once a month and especially before a long trip. Underinflation is the most dangerous thing for your tire because it can damage the tire and cause it to fail or blow out. Overinflation can also be a problem. Use the manufacturer’s recommended air pressure listed on the sticker of your vehicle’s door jamb or owner’s manual as a guide. Always check the pressure of your tires when they are cool or cold. Driving heats up tires and could cause the reading to be inaccurate.
- Rotate your tires. It is recommended that you do so every 6,000 miles. If your tires show uneven wear, check for and correct any misalignment, imbalance or any other mechanical issues.
- Inspect and measure your tire tread. This is extremely important. You can do so by placing a penny in the tread groove. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s head, it is time to replace your tires. Consider replacing your tires every six years even if the tread is not worn out. Research shows tires deteriorate as they age and can experience tread separation and other failures.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by a defective tire, an experienced auto defect lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.