How to Prevent Summer Tire Blowouts & Accidents: 6 Tips (Pt. 1)
August 4, 2014
Tire blowouts cause about 11,000 traffic accidents and nearly 200 deaths each year in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports. While a tire blowout can happen at any time, the heat of summer is one of the known stress factors that can substantially increase the risk of a blowout – especially when tires may be defective, worn down or improperly maintained.
If you aren’t as diligent as you maybe should be about maintaining your tires or you simply don’t know what to do when it comes to proper tire maintenance (which is critical to minimizing the chances of tire blowouts), be sure to check out this-three part blog.
And, if you are in a car accident that may be caused by a tire blowout on another vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact the Portland car accident lawyers at the Savage Law Firm to find out more about your best options for obtaining compensation for your injuries, damages and losses.
Prevent Tire Blowouts By Following These Essential Maintenance Tips…
Tip 1 – Know your tires.
All tires are different and have different maintenance/care requirements, and these can be found in your car’s owner’s manual. Make sure you take the time to read the detailed instructions regarding basic care and maintenance for your tires and that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding proper tire maintenance.
While being responsible about properly maintaining your vehicle’s tires can help you minimize your risk of tire blowouts and car accidents, it can also benefit you in other ways by, for example:
- Enhancing your vehicle’s fuel economy by up to 3.3 percent
- Providing better handling and control of your vehicle
- Increasing the load-carrying abilities of a vehicle.
Tip 2 – Respond to any tire recalls as directed.
Like other pieces of vehicle equipment, tires are not immune to defects, and as a result, they can be the subjects of manufacturer recalls. If you end up receiving a notice (or otherwise finding out) about a tire recall for tires you own, make sure to act immediately by getting the tires replaced (or responding as directed). Driving on recalled, potentially defective tires will only increase your risk of experiencing blowouts and, in turn, car accidents.
For some more tips that can help you reduce your risk of experiencing a tire blowout this summer, make sure to read the second and third parts of this blog that will be posted soon.
Portland Car Accident Lawyers at the Savage Law Firm
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s time to turn to the Portland car accident attorneys at the Savage Law Firm. For more than 30 years, we have been providing car accident survivors with the highest quality legal services so they can obtain the settlements they deserve.
While this means that our Portland car accident lawyers will work diligently to help our clients tell their stories in court, it also means that our attorneys and dedicated staff will vigorously stand up to insurers and others outside of the courtroom to ensure that our clients are able to obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases.
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