Wednesday, March 31, 2020
Driving on under-inflated tires is dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 1/3 of passenger cars, light trucks and SUVs are being driven with at least one under-inflated tire.
Under inflation is one of the leading causes of tire failure. If tire pressure is too low, too much of the tire’s surface area touches the road, which increases friction. Increased friction can cause the tires to overheat, which can lead to premature wear, tread separation and blowouts.
Blowouts can put the driver of the vehicle with the damaged tire as well as other drivers in harm’s way. A blowout could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. Depending on the severity of the blowout, other drivers might swerve to avoid pieces of flying debris from the blown tire and crash their vehicles.
Although tire manufacturers recommend routinely checking air pressure once a month, many drivers never bother unless their tires appear low. That is a common misconception. Never trust your eyes. Radial tires can lose much of their air pressure and still appear to be fully inflated.
Please inspect your vehicle periodically for maintenance issues. This will allows you to catch and correct issues before they become big safety hazards. It is important to make sure your vehicle is receiving the necessary maintenance.