Although the safety of all motorists depend on the condition of their tires, too many people risk their lives on the road because they don’t understand tires well enough to properly care for them. A large part of this problem is the widespread tire misconceptions responsible for accelerated tire wear and even car accidents. Increase your safety on the road as well as fuel efficiency by getting your facts straight about these four common tire misconceptions:
Always Check Your Tire Pressure When You Are at the Service Station
You are supposed to check the air pressure of your tires when they are cold. Therefore, waiting until you arrive at a service station is a poor rule of thumb because driving more than a mile will heat up the air in your tires. Check your tires before leaving home in the morning and note how many pounds must be added to properly inflate them. Add this extra amount when you reach a service station. For example, if your tires are under-inflated by 5 pounds when they are cold, add five pounds when at the service station.
All Season Tires Eliminate the Need for Snow Tires
This is only true in areas with mild winters. All season tires lose their traction in extreme cold because their rubber gets stiffer. The tread rubber of snow tires however, stay flexible. The tread design and depth of snow tires also provide better traction on snow and ice. If your area gets cold and snowy winters, you should use snow tires.
Your Tires Must Be Replaced after a Certain Number of Miles
The only way to know when your tires require replacement is their actual condition. Replace your tires when the wear bars become visible or when they are older than 6 years. People have different driving habits and ride on varying road surfaces. This means tread wear can vary widely after a set number of miles. In addition, tire rubber degrades from oxidation after six years.
Worn Rear Tires Are OK on Front Wheel Drive Cars
People who act on this misconception believe that since the front wheels provide traction for both acceleration and steering, they should always get the best tires. However, the rear tires are equally important for steering. They prevent your car from spinning out when cornering on wet or snowy surfaces. Cornering and turning require the rear of your car to stay in place. In addition, your braking also relies on rear wheel traction.
If you were injured in an accident because of another motorist’s poorly maintained tires, a New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today at Peter N. Davis and Associates for a free consultation.