One of the most important parts of a vehicle is the tires. When they fail or wear down, it can cause more than inconvenience by stranding someone. It could lead to an accident.
Keep the following important tips in mind when purchasing tires for a vehicle:
- Pay attention to tire tread. Worn tread on a tire presents a hazard. It’s important to spend time researching the brands to learn if certain ones are known to wear out prematurely. Keep in mind that although the government requires tread-wear ratings be assigned, these are done by the manufacturers which is why it’s important to read consumer reviews.
- When the tread has become too low, traction on the roads is decreased. This is especially dangerous in wet conditions.
- Consider buying seasonal tires. All-weather tires may be good enough, depending on which part of the country in which a person lives. But certain seasons may present harsher conditions in which seasonal tires would be safer.
- Winter or snow tires can navigate more easily through ice and snow. They tend to maintain air pressure, even when temperatures are freezing. But keep in mind that with all the work they do on the road, the tread tends to wear faster.
- Check the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. All tires don’t work for every vehicle. Certain types and sizes work best, which are usually indicated in the vehicle owner’s manual. Another resource is the information placard, which is required by law to be affixed inside the trunk, door edge or post, or glove compartment.
- Make sure all four tires match. Mixing and matching tires isn’t a good idea. Safety is increased when they are in the same condition and it makes maintenance much easier.
If defective tires are to blame for your accident, contact Gacovino, Lake & Associates about exploring manufacturer liability. Call 800-246-4878.