You need to be able to trust that your vehicle is safe for the road. One of the main ways to ensure this is to take care of your tires. When tires aren’t properly taken care of, they can lose air or become damaged while you’re driving the vehicle, potentially causing an accident that may result in injuries to yourself and others.
There are a few ways to know whether your vehicle is road-ready and if your tires are as good as they should be for the type of driving you need to do. Here are some tips, as well as some information about how often accidents are caused from poor, damaged, or malfunctioning tires occur:
Tire-Related Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the following statistics show the danger of failing to keep up with tires.
- 11,000 tire-related crashes happen each year.
- In 2016, 733 total traffic fatalities occurred where tire malfunction was a factor.
Even when one tire fails, a driver may be unable to keep proper control of their vehicle in order to avoid causing an accident. This is why tire-related accidents are such a risk. If people knew more about their tires and how to take care of them, these numbers could be greatly reduced. When you put in the time to maintain your tires, you know that your vehicle is ready for the road.