According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire related crashes accounted for nearly 3,400 deaths and about 116,000 injuries from 2005 to 2009.
The Be Smart Tire Safety Program, launched by the Rubber Manufactures Association (RMA), was initiated after the Firestone/Ford tire recall and is celebrating its 10th annual National Tire Safety Week from June 5-11, 2011.
RMA has partnered with a group of voluntary tire manufacturer members to provide tips and raise awareness for maintaining proper tire care. To help remind motorists of proper tire safety maintenance, RMA developed the following acronym:
Pressure- Under inflation and over inflation may result in unnecessary tire stress, irregular wear and loss of control.
Alignment- Hitting a curb or pothole can throw a vehicle’s front end out of alignment.
Rotation- Rotating a vehicle’s tires regularly can help ensure a more uniform wear.
Tread- Unusual wear and balding tires can reduce the ability of the tread to grip the road in unfavorable weather conditions.
RMA recommends that a motorist take five minutes a month inspecting their vehicle’s tires for proper air pressure and tread. When inspecting the tread, motorists should look for nails, screws or other objects embedded in the tread, and also inspect the tires sidewalls (inside and outside) for any cuts or bulges.
Pressure of a vehicle’s tires should only be checked when the tire is cool and with a tire gauge. A tire can lose 50% of its PSI (pressure) before becoming visibly noticeable. The PSI is located in the owner’s manual or on the vehicle’s tire information label located in the glove box or on the car door’s post, not what’s on the side of the tire.
Alignment of a vehicle should occur whenever the driver notices the car ‘pulling’ or drifting to one side. Tire balance should be checked periodically as well.
Rotation of a vehicle’s tires should be done approximately every 5,000 miles or as stated in the owner’s manual.
Tread worn down to 1/16 of an inch indicates that the tire should be replaced. The penny test can assist drivers in visually checking tread. Turn the penny upside down with the top of Lincoln’s head in the groove. If Lincoln’s entire head is visible, the tire should be replaced. In addition, drivers should visually inspect tires for any uneven wear.
Even with proper care and safety, tire-related accidents may still occur. If you’ve been involved in a serious accident due to a blowout or defective tire, personal injury lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. may be able to help. Call 1-888-BURNETTI for a free case evaluation.