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Prevent car accidents by maintaining your tires

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2017 | Car Accidents, Firm News |

An easy way to prevent car accidents is to properly maintain your tires. Vehicles with worn out tires are much more likely to lose control and get into a crash. Vehicles with well-maintained tires, on the other hand, will stop faster, negotiate traffic more effectively, and have a higher probability of avoiding a collision.

Here are some tire maintenance tips to help you keep yourself and others on the roadway as safe as possible:

— Keep the pressure correct in your tires: Depending on the temperature outside, and depending how long it’s been since you checked the pressure in your tires, you might not have the right amount of air pressure in your car. As such, motorists should get into the habit of checking their vehicles’ tire pressure on a regular basis.

— Check for cracks: As the rubber on tires age, it can get dry and cracked. If you see cracks in the sidewalls of your tires, be sure to take them into a technician as soon as possible.

— Look for nails and other objects: It’s easy to pick up debris on the roadway, which can become imbedded in your tires. Sometimes a puncture can occur. Regularly check for imbedded nails and other items, and be sure to get your tires patched immediately upon finding any kind of puncture.

— Do the Lincoln head test: Put a penny with the top of Lincoln’s head down into the grooves of your tire tread. If you notice that part of Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, then you know you have enough tread.

— Check for pulling to one direction: If your car is pulling off to one side, it could be a sign of tire trouble.

Were you involved in an accident caused by a driver who didn’t maintain his tires? Vehicle owners who neglect to maintain their tires could be liable for financial damages if they cause an accident as result of that negligence. If you think you have a viable claim for damages relating to a car accident like this, a personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether or not you have a case.