A church van recently crashed on Interstate 10, killing three of the van’s passengers. The crash occurred when the van suffered a tire blowout.
When drivers ignore tire safety, the consequences can be tragic. Reduce your risks by following these key safety tips:
- Tire pressure — Underinflated and overinflated tires can both cause crashes. Check your tires at least once a month to make sure the pressure is within the manufacturer’s recommendations. Don’t just feel or eyeball the tires — use an accurate air pressure gauge.
- Tire tread — Tires endure a lot of wear and tear. You should periodically inspect your tires for tread issues. If your tread is worn down to less than 1/16 of an inch, you should replace the tires. If there is an irregular wear pattern, your tires may need to be aligned, balanced or rotated. Most manufacturers recommend rotating the tires every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.
- Tire aging — You can check the age of your tires by looking at the date code. This is usually found on the outer wall of the tire. The code starts with the three letters “DOT,” and is followed by four numbers. If the numbers, for example, are “0113,” this means the tire was manufactured in the first week of 2013. Tires should have a professional inspection after five years, and once a year after that. This is especially important in South Florida, where the heat causes tires to age faster.
If you’ve been involved in an accident, tire failure may be to blame. Contact an experienced Fort Lauderdale car accident attorney today to discuss your legal options.