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The tire is one of the most important components of your car. It provides road traction, without which acceleration, steering, and braking is impossible. When your tires are degraded because of poor maintenance, so are your braking, steering, and handling abilities. Chronic neglect can also cause blowouts and loss of control of your car.
Tire maintenance requires little more than maintaining its air pressure. In spite of its importance in car performance and motorist safety, it is one of the most commonly neglected parts of a car. Because tires slowly lose air over time, tire neglect manifests itself as low air pressure. Low tire pressure affects your safety in several ways.
Under-inflated tires lose their shape, which affects traction. This means your car takes longer to stop—especially on wet pavement.
Low tire pressure reduces lateral traction, which degrades handling.
Under-inflated tires typically cause accelerated outer tread wear, which leaves only a narrow strip of good tread at the tire’s center. This loss of tire tread further increases braking distance and diminishes handling. In addition, the tires are more prone to hydroplaning in puddles at highway speeds.
Low inflation causes the sidewalls to flex more, which builds up excessive heat. The heat and flexing cause the rubber to separate from the reinforcing materials next to it. The rubber also fatigues and develops micro-cracks, weakening the tire and possibly causing a blowout. A tire blowout of the left front wheel causes the car to veer hard to the left and into oncoming traffic. A front right tire blowout causes the car to veer off the right side of the road. A rear tire blowout may cause the vehicle to spin out of control.
To maintain tire pressure, follow these tips:
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a car accident or motorist negligence, contact an Indianapolis auto accident attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you explore your legal options and get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.