Does proper tire pressure help to prevent car accidents?

On Behalf of | Dec 25, 2019 | Car Accidents

As a motorist in New York, you take measures to not drive distracted and follow all the rules of the road to lower your chances of being in a car accident. Do you know how much of a difference proper auto maintenance makes in further reducing the possibility of an accident? 

USA Today explored the importance of proper tire pressure regarding driver safety. Keep your vehicle in one piece by checking your tires every month. 

Balanced tire pressure  

Under-inflated tires put unnecessary pressure on the tire’s sidewalls. Low tire pressure also leads to premature wear and tear, which can trigger a car accident. Additionally, it takes more gas to power a car with poorly inflated tires. 

On the other hand, you do not want to put too much air into your tires. Over-inflation can cause a blowout on long road trips and during the hottest months of the year. Tires with too much pressure do not have as much contact with the road, which may also cause an accident. It is best that you check your tire sidewalls or the inside of the driver’s side door to see the exact amount of pressure your tires need. 

Tire pressure monitor  

You may not bother checking your tire pressure if the tire pressure monitor remains quiet. To be on the safe side, you should get into the habit of checking your tires at least once a month. You have to realize that by the time your tire pressure monitor goes off, your tires are already in a precarious situation. 

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.