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5 Tire Safety Tips from an Austin Accident Attorney

By Luke Dow on October 15, 2015

A vehicle’s tires are the only point of contact that drivers have with the road. Although this may seem obvious, many motorists underestimate the importance of keeping their tires in optimum condition.

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If you do not have adequate tread or follow basic tire maintenance practices, then you are putting yourself, your passengers and other drivers at risk. In fact, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car tire failure is a leading cause of accidents in the United States – and Texas is no exception. Fortunately, there are several steps that you can take to keep your tires in pristine condition.

Some accidents, however, are simply unavoidable. If you were injured in a collision that a negligent driver caused, then you may be entitled to compensation to pay for lost wages, medical bills and other expenses.

Austin accident lawyer Luke Dow can evaluate your crash to determine if you have a valid claim. To schedule a consultation, call the Luke Dow Law Firm today at 512-518-4104.

In the meantime, read on to learn five car tire safety tips:

  1. Check Your Tread
Your car tires need adequate tread in order to keep the vehicle firmly on the road. According to AAA, conducting regular tire tread inspections can help prevent accidents.

You should have at least 1/16 inch of tread on each tire. If you do not know how to check the depth of your tread, then visit a certified technician who can conduct a test using a tread gauge.

  1. Know When to Fix Flat Tires and When to Replace Them
If an object punctures one of your car’s tires, then you must establish if it is possible to repair it or if you need a replacement. Some manufacturers will not repair certain punctures for fear of subsequent tire failure. This is usually the case with large holes or gouges on the sidewall.
  1. Check Tire Pressure Regularly
If you do not fill your tires to the correct pressure, then not only will you spend more money on fuel, but you will also increase the risk of causing an accident. Check your tire pressure regularly, and refill if necessary so that they meet the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  1. Rotate and Align Your Tires
Rotating and aligning your tires will help you avoid uneven wear and increase your safety on the roads. Poorly aligned tires will make handling your vehicle more difficult, and uneven wear can put you at risk of blowouts and flats.
  1. Purchase Winter Tires If You Travel to Colder Climates
Austin may not be known for its snowy winters, but this makes many Texan drivers complacent when they travel north. If you are planning a winter getaway, be sure to prepare your vehicle by purchasing the appropriate tires. You may even want to consider using studs or chains to increase your grip on icy roads. 

If you were injured in an accident that a negligent driver caused, then contact the Luke Dow Law Firm. Austin personal-injury attorney Luke Dow can structure your claim, handle settlement negotiations and litigate your case if it goes to court. Call our office today at 512-518-4104 to schedule a consultation.

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