Checking your tires before long road trips and during warm temperatures is crucial – for the safety of others, to save money in your wallet, and to get better gas mileage.
According to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), last month was the warmest June in 122 years of U.S. record-keeping. Florida was amongst the thirteen states with a top-ten-warmest June.
With the warmer weather, comes an increase in motor vehicle accidents. One factor is deflated tires from hot temperatures. From 2005 to 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported 116,000 injured motorists and almost 3,400 deaths in car accidents involving a problem with the tires.
As the weather gets warmer, drivers should take the following tips to keep tires cool during the summer –
- Remember to check the inflation pressure in each tire when the tires are cold or have sat more than three hours;
- Keep tires inflated as recommended in your vehicle’s tire information placard found in the vehicle owner’s manual;
- Check the tires monthly, including tire pressure and treadwear;
- Buy a good tire gauge or a portable compressor;
- Check Tires at a service gauge for potential leaks.
For more information about tire safety, visit safercar.gov.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident, feel free to call our office to discuss your rights.