July 3rd, 2013 - by DKRPA
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is actively warning drivers nationwide to pay attention to hot-weather tire safety as temperatures all across the country continue to rise. When the weather heats up, asphalt becomes dangerously hot. When this occurs, the heat radiating off roads can cause tire-related safety issues and car accidents often occur as a result. According to NHTSA, approximately 11,000 auto accidents occur each year due to tire failure.
One preventative measure that motorists are urged to take is ensuring that their tires are properly inflated. Hot asphalt combined with underinflated tires is a combination likely to inspire blowouts and other failure-related safety hazards. Motorists should consult their owner’s manual for correct tire pressure gauges.
If your vehicle has a tire pressure monitoring system, you should familiarize yourself with its operations and respond promptly if the system emits an alert. If your vehicle does not contain one of these systems, it is generally a good idea to keep a tire pressure gauge in your trunk and to check your tire pressure monthly. Many motorists are unaware of the fact that tires regularly lose one pound per square inch of inflation every month or so.
Finally, educate yourself about when your specific model of tires will be in need of replacement and ensure that your mechanic regularly checks your tires for tread wear measurements. Keeping your tires in excellent shape will help to ensure that you beat the heat this summer safely while traveling wherever you choose to roam.
Source: Cars.com, “NHTSA: Hot, Underinflated Tires Are Dangerous,” Jennifer Geiger, July 1, 2013