Todd Miner Law Cares About Your Safety
Many of us here in Orlando remember Sam Behr, who became widely recognized
in the Central Florida television market from Allied Discount Tires commercials
and his signature
“Tires Ain’t Pretty” line. Born in 1927 in Talladega, Ala., Behr starred in commercials for
the tire store for 20 years.
Although some younger drivers and automobile aficionados may disagree with
Behr, it’s probably safe to say that most of us see tires as just
another expense associated with vehicle ownership. But the reality is
that the quality and condition of your tires is a serious matter, and
cannot be overstated. This is no reason to worry, however. By keeping
a close eye on both the inflation and age of your tires, you can significantly
reduce the risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. The best way
to do this, is to first understand what happens to a tire as it ages.
What Happens to a Tire as it Ages?
We all know that as you drive your car, its various internal and external
components undergo wear-and-tear (they begin to degrade) over time. Your
tires are no exception. While driving, especially very quickly, friction
is generated between your tires and the road. When friction is generated,
heat begins to build up along the surface of the tires. This heat causes
the rubber in the tires to wear out over time.
The NHTSA estimates that nearly 10% of all car accidents here in the United
States are “tire-related crashes”, meaning they are the result
of tire blowout or separation from bald or underinflated tires. Close
to 100 people die and 3200 are injured every year from crashes resulting
from aged tires. In addition, these risks of experiencing tire problems
on the road are exacerbated during adverse or slick weather conditions,
such as rain.
While Behr may have been right in saying that “Tires Ain’t
Pretty”, the importance of maintaining an optimal appearance and
condition cannot be overstated when it comes to your safety. Like us,
tires also age over time, irrespective of use as they further degrade
due to natural forces. Sometimes, the effect of wear-and-tear are not
easily seen. While there may be plenty of thread remaining on the outside,
the internal structure may have compromised.
Tips for Minimizing Tire-Related Car Accidents
In order to minimize your risk of getting into a car accident, you should:
- Have your tires rotated every 5,000-10,000 miles
- Have your tires replaced every 40,000 miles
- Inspect your tires regularly for wear-and-tear
As well as the age and the condition of the tires, you must also ensure
that they are properly inflated. A recent study conducted by the National
Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) demonstrated that
almost one in eight vehicles here in the United States has one or more
tires that are underinflated by around 25%. When driving with underinflated
tires, more heat is generated than normal, which can lead to an increased
risk of tire blowout or separation. In addition, underinflated tires can
decrease your vehicle’s fuel economy, accelerate the wear-and-tear
to your vehicle, and negatively impact the handling of your vehicle.
For more information about this topic, please give us a call as soon as possible.