TIRE FAILURE AND YOUR LEGAL OPTIONS
As per the latest study put forth by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), vehicles that are being driven on underinflated tires more than 25% are 3 times more vulnerable to be involved in a crash than tires with proper inflation. Underinflated tires can lead to overheating, poor driving and less tread life, at the very least.
Your tires mark as the only part of your car bearing direct contact with the road. Tires affect your vehicle handling, brakes, ride and overall safety. Although very important, tires are the most neglected part when it comes to maintenance. You will most likely remember to get your oil changed but you will not remember checking tire tread or air pressure as often as you should.
Most common tire failures
Let’s have a look at some of the most common tire failures.
Run-soft failure means underinflation of tires, slowly and gradually. This urges the temperature within the tires to rise, melting the polyester cords present in the bead of the tire.
Highway-speed failure occurs when the operating speed limit of the tire is crossed.
Fatigue-failure means the tire has aged and requires a replacement now.
How to avoid tire failures
Often, check the tire wear to see if the tires have optimum amount of rubber contacting the road.
Check tire pressure to ensure it is present in a safe state.
Check tread depth and worn spots.
Check the sidewalls of the tire.
Written on the tire, check the tire’s age.