Your vehicle’s tires are its only points of contact with the road. If your tires are misaligned or underinflated, or if they have low tread, then you are at a higher risk of crashing. A faulty tire may burst at high speeds, or it could cause you to lose control in wet weather.
If you are unsure about the state of your tires, contact a mechanic as soon as possible. Fortunately, tire maintenance is not complicated. There are several steps you can take to optimize your tires’ safety, such as:
- Replacing or repairing tires when appropriate;
- Checking their tread;
- Rotating and aligning your tires;
- And checking the tire pressure.
Unfortunately, some motorists fail to maintain their tires, and as a result, they cause severe accidents. If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, you may be entitled to compensation for health-care bills, lost income and other damages.
If your crash happened in Mississippi, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Gulfport personal-injury attorney can evaluate your case, gather evidence, structure your claim and handle settlement negotiations.
Here are four tire maintenance tips that could save your life:
- Know When to Repair or Replace Flat Tires
According to KalTire, it is not always possible to repair a puncture. For example, if the gash happened on the sidewall, then a repair could lead to a failure in the near future, so it is best to replace the tire. If you get a flat, ask your dealer if he or she recommends replacing or repairing it.
- Check Your Tread
According to the American Automobile Association, having adequate tread is particularly important if you are driving on wet roads. It will help you maintain control of your vehicle.
If you are unsure if your tires have adequate tread, you can purchase a depth gauge at a parts store. You should check your tires’ tread at least once each month.
- Rotate and Align Your Tires
You should rotate and align your tires regularly. This will prevent uneven wear and tear and improve your vehicle’s handling. Your owner’s manual or mechanic will be able to tell when your tires require rotation and alignment.
- Check the Tire Pressure
If your tire pressure is low, your vehicle will use more fuel, and it will not handle as well. This is especially true when cornering or driving in wet conditions. Check your tire pressure at least once per month, and ask your mechanic to evaluate it during each visit.
If you were injured by a negligent driver in Mississippi, contact a Gulfport accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We can evaluate your case, talk to witnesses and aggressively fight for the maximum compensation. Schedule a free initial consultation today by calling 800-537-8185.