Are your tires properly inflated? If not, then you’re taking a risk every time you drive. According to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tire-related issues caused more than 78,000 accidents in 2003. However, this was before the widespread installation of tire pressure monitoring systems.

Your tires are the only points of contact between your vehicle and the road. Still, many drivers fail to inspect their tires for adequate tread and pressure. This often contributes to accidents.

If you were injured in a crash that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LTD. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income, medical expenses and non-economic damages.

A Gulfport injury attorney from our firm will evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.

Read on to learn more about the importance of your car’s tire pressure monitoring system:

Government Regulations

According to, the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation (TREAD) Act of 2000 requires manufacturers to install tire pressure warnings in all new cars as standard equipment. According to these regulations, the TPMS warning light must illuminate when a tire drops below 25 percent of the recommended pressure.

Importance of Proper Inflation

Even a minor drop in your tire’s pressure can have adverse effects. It can mean the difference between safely navigating a puddle of water and spinning out after hydroplaning.

Even the best drivers will be vulnerable to crashing if their tires are not properly inflated. Tires that are underinflated by as little as 20 percent will be noticeably more difficult to handle.

Responding to TPMS Warning Lights

Most car TPMS warning lights resemble a cross-section of a tire and an exclamation point. If you notice this warning light on your vehicle’s dashboard, you should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so.

It is important to remember that tire pressure can fluctuate due to outside temperatures. Keep this in mind if you drive north for a winter vacation. Inflate your tires to 3 psi above the recommended pressure when you drive into colder climates.

Importance of Monitoring Tire Tread

Inspecting your tires’ tread is just as important as checking their pressure. Worn tires are not safe to drive because they offer less traction, which increases the likelihood of spinouts.

Checking your tires’ tread is easy: All you need is a penny. Stick the penny into the groove of the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, then you need to replace the tire.

If you were injured by a negligent motorist in Mississippi, contact a Gulfport auto accident attorney from Morris Bart, LTD. We will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Our firm has been representing the injured for more than 30 years. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free initial consultation.

October 13, 2016 | Categories: Auto Accidents, Safety Tips |