Vehicle Tire Safety — Ensure Your Safe Journey  

January 08, 2006

By: David Parker

Vehicle Tire Safety — Ensure Your Safe Journey

Vehicle tire safety awareness has increased significantly during the past few years partly because of the tragic loss of life that has been linked to defective tires. Approximately 95% of the total load of the car is on tires and tires play an important role in driving, cornering and even braking. Multiple lawsuits have been filed against various tire companies such as Bridgestone/Firestone because of the problem of tread separation with their car tires. Vehicle tires safety will continue to be in the news whether the story concerns lawsuits tire safety advocacy groups, or the government's campaign to improve tire safety.

Adequate tire tread, quality of rubber compound and proper tire pressure are the most essential factors for tires performance and overall wellbeing and safety of the passengers in the vehicle. Quality of rubber compound and tread depth can be determined well in advance and you can put the right tires onto your vehicle but tire pressure is something which can differ within hours due to any puncturing object or defects in valve. Maintaining proper inflation pressure in vehicle tires is important to the safe and efficient use of motor vehicles. Maintaining auto tires at their proper inflation pressure, instead of allowing them to become under inflated, reduces heat build up, minimizes tire wear, contributes to good vehicle handling and improves fuel economy through decreasing the rolling resistance of the tires.

So, what exactly you need to do? Perhaps make it a habit to check your tires regularly for proper pressure and any visible cut or damage on the auto tire body—just in the same way as you check your vehicle on regular bases for fuel, oil, and others. There is a close working relationship between your tires and several mechanical systems in your car. Inspect tire tread for extreme or uneven wear, if you find any change the position. Also check tread wear indicator bars molded into the tire to measure wear. When the tread is worn down to where a solid bar of rubber can be seen across the width of the tread, it’s time to replace the tire.

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