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Basic Tire Maintenance Can Prevent Auto Accidents

Properly maintaining your vehicle tires can significantly impact you, your loved ones, and people sharing the roads with you.    

Last month in Woodstock, Georgia, a Ford truck carrying parents and their infant child flipped over three times. The child, who was in stable condition, was airlifted to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Scottish Rite after being pulled from her mother’s arms. Her father was transported to Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. While it is unclear exactly what caused the accident, at least one witness has reported that a tire blew out on the truck causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. News Article.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AutoWeek, the following are the most important things you can do to avoid tire failure:

  • Regularly inspect tires for cuts, slashes, and other irregularities
  • Maintain proper tire pressure
  • Rotate your tires
  • Examine your treads and keep the deepest treads in the rear
  • Align your wheels
  • Avoid overloading your vehicle
  • Avoid road hazards

It is also important to remember that the summer heat can play a role in increased tire blowouts.  Following these simple steps can help avoid catastrophic personal injuries when tires fail.

It obviously is extremely important to routinely monitor the tires on your vehicle as well as to know what to do to stay safe in the event of a flat or tire blowout while traveling on an interstate or other high-speed roadway.  The National Safety Council offers tips for coping with tire trouble: What to Do If You Have a Blowout on the Highway 

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