Your wife complains about how much time you spend fiddling with your car. Yet, as you tell her repeatedly, regular maintenance is key to safe driving.
Sadly, not everyone’s car is as roadworthy as yours. You are reflecting on this as you drive back to Mesa from Phoenix one afternoon. Approaching fast in the mirror is a car that looks like something out of Mad Max, quite apt given the desert setting. As it goes to pass you, one of its tires blows out, sending it crashing into you.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 738 deaths caused by tire issues in 2017. Yet, they found only 19% of drivers correctly maintain their tires. These are some ways you can ensure your wheels are fit for purpose:
- Use the correct tires for your vehicle: Check your car manufacturer’s recommendations. The wrong tire size can reduce safety, even if it does look cool.
- Inflate to the correct pressure: Check your vehicle manual for information. If carrying an extra load or towing, you may need to add air.
- Check regularly: Measure the pressure monthly. Tires naturally deflate around 1 psi per month. Examine the tread for any nails, abrasions or cuts. There are markers built into your tires to tell you when the tread is worn and needs changing.
- Rotate your tires: As tires wear more on the outside, and front and rear tires wear at different rates, they should be rotated every 5,000 miles or so. It helps them wear evenly and last longer.
Poorly maintained tires increase fuel usage and reduce safety. You have a responsibility to maintain your tires and vehicle for the safety of other road users. If a poorly maintained car crashes into you near Mesa, seek legal help to fight for the compensation you need.