This Tire Safety Week we’re aiming to educate drivers on the importance of proper tire maintenance and inspection for their safety and performance on the road. It is especially relevant for teen drivers, who may not be aware of the risks of driving with worn or underinflated tires.
Here are our top 5 reasons why tire safety is crucial.
1. Preventing crashes and injuries.
Tires are the only part of your car that touches the road, so they have a direct impact on your braking, steering, and handling. If your tires are not in good condition, they can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and have a serious crash. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 11,000 tire-related crashes occur every year in the U.S., resulting in nearly 200 fatalities and thousands of injuries1. Many of these crashes could be avoided by checking your tire pressure and treads regularly and replacing your tires when needed.
2. Tire safety can save you money and time.
Driving with properly inflated and maintained tires can improve your fuel efficiency and extend the life of your tires, saving you money on gas and replacement costs. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, underinflated tires can lower gas mileage by about 0.2% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires1. Over time, this can add up to a lot of wasted fuel and money. Underinflated tires also wear out faster and unevenly, requiring more frequent replacements and repairs. On the other hand, keeping your tires at the recommended pressure level can improve your gas mileage by up to 3%1 and make your tires last longer.
3. Maintained tires can enhance your driving experience and confidence.
Driving with well-maintained tires can make your ride smoother, quieter, and more comfortable. You can enjoy better handling and performance, especially in challenging road conditions such as wet, snowy, or icy surfaces. You can also feel more confident and secure behind the wheel, knowing that your tires are ready for any situation. Driving with worn or underinflated tires can make your ride rougher, louder, and less responsive. You may experience vibrations, noises, or steering problems that can distract you or make you nervous while driving.
4. Checking your tires is easy and simple to do.
Checking your tire pressure and treads is not a complicated or time-consuming task. All you need is a tire pressure gauge a tread depth indicator or a small coin. You can find the recommended tire pressure for your vehicle on a sticker on the driver’s doorjamb or in your owner’s manual1. You should check your tire pressure at least once a month or before a long trip when your tires are cold (not driven for at least three hours)1. If your tire pressure is too low or too high, adjust it accordingly using an air pump at a gas station or service center. To check your tire tread, insert a penny into the groove of your tire with Lincoln’s head facing down2. If you can see all of his head, it means your tread is worn down to 2/32 inch or less and you need new tires2. You can also use a tread depth indicator to measure the exact depth of your tread2. The legal minimum tread depth in most states is 2/32 inch2, but experts recommend replacing your tires when they reach 4/32 inch for optimal traction and safety2.
5. Be a responsible driver.
As a teen driver, you have a lot of responsibilities and expectations to meet. You have to follow the rules of the road, respect other drivers and pedestrians, and take care of yourself and your passengers. You also have to take care of your car and make sure it is safe and reliable for every trip. Tire safety is one of the most important aspects of car maintenance that you should not neglect or overlook. By keeping up with your tires health, you are not only protecting yourself and others from potential crashes and injuries, but also showing that you are a mature and conscientious driver.
By prioritizing tire safety through regular checks and necessary replacements, teen drivers demonstrate commitment to road safety. This Tire Safety Week, let’s educate and empower young drivers to make tire safety a top priority, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable driving experience for all. Remember, responsible driving starts with responsible tire care.