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Tire safety: Lack of knowledge can lead to serious collisions

One of the things you might enjoy most about living in California is that driving in winter here is not as hazardous as it is in some other parts of the nation. Especially if you came to this state from the east coast or a northern state, driving during winter may feel like a walk in the park compared to what you used to go through just trying to get to work in the mornings.

There's another issue, however, that places you at risk no matter where you live, and that is this tire safety. How safe are your tires? Do you even know how to tell if they are safe? If you answered, "No," you are definitely not the only one because it is not uncommon for the average driver to know little or nothing about tire safety. Lack of tire safety or a defective tire can cause a collision that results in serious injury.

The tires on your car

There is nothing you can do about another person's vehicle; however, the following list provides tips to help you keep your own car in its safest driving condition regarding tire safety:

  • Learn how to use a digital tire pressure gauge and regularly check your tires with it. Depending on the type of vehicle you have, the recommended air pressure in your tires will vary.
  • You can find out how much pressure your tires should hold by checking your owner's manual for your vehicle or by looking inside your driver's side door for a sticker that lists it.
  • Never check tire pressure right after using your vehicle. It is always best to allow it to sit for several hours because heat and friction from traveling can affect the pressure.
  • Driving with too low of pressure in your tires can cause collision because an under-inflated tire generates more heat, which can ultimately lead to tire failure.
  • You can use the penny trick to check your tire's treads. Insert a penny in between treads and know that your tires are not safe if you can see any part of Lincoln's head on the penny.
  • Making sure you get your tires rotated and that you re-balance them if your car shimmies at all when you drive are additional components of optimum tire safety.

If a blow-out occurs while driving on a California highway, it can lead to disaster. You certainly can't survey all the drivers with whom you share the road to make sure they have maintained proper tire safety on their vehicles. In fact, some may be unaware that they are driving with defective tires that should never have been placed in the hands of consumers.

If a tire-related accident causes you injury

Driver negligence and product liability are factors in many tire-related motor vehicle collisions. In the aftermath of an accident that causes you injury, it is natural that your highest priority is to get immediate medical attention and do whatever is possible to help you achieve a full recovery. Beyond that, however, you may also want to talk to someone who is well-versed in personal injury law because you should not have to bear the full financial burden of an accident that someone else is liable for.

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