Worn Out Tires Make You Dangerous on the Road

It doesn’t matter is your car cost $50k or $500k, if you are driving around on worn out tires, you are a danger to yourself and others on the road.

Tires form the backbone of any moving object whether it is a car, tractor, or 16-wheeler. Your car’s wheels are responsible for providing your car with traction, steering, and braking support to ensure controlled turns and stops. These rubber O’s also absorb much of the shock from rough roads so you and your passengers enjoy the feeling of a smooth ride.

Tread Stats That Might Suprise You

It is a sad fact that 2 out of every 3 drivers in the United States are without any basic understanding on how to properly check and assess their tires, let alone maintain and replace them. Additionally, recent statistics also show that 1 out of 10 vehicles zooming across the country have bald tires. If you ever wonder why there are so many vehicular accidents each year, look no further than the wheels on the cars involved. You’ll quickly begin to understand the amount of wrecks that could have been avoided if one or both drivers had newer tires on their car.

Unfortunately, most motorists fail to give their hardworking tires the due importance they deserve. This means they miss out on the better car performance, fuel efficiency, and safety that properly maintained tires can offer.

Causes of Tread Deterioration

Over time, even the most rugged set of tires will suffer from deterioration and need to be replaced. Depending on your personal driving habits, the tread can last as long as six years before reaching the limit of their safety. Listed below are a few other factors that can lead to premature tire breakdown:

  • Driving Habits – Drivers who frequent rough terrain and stop and go traffic subject their wheels to increased tension which can lead to tire damage.
  • Temperature – As intense heat can hasten the wear down of the treads, those living in warmer climates are more likely to need replacement tires much sooner than those in cooler weather conditions. Additionally, worn out tires tend to absorb more heat which as science has taught us is the natural enemy of rubber.
  • Balance & Alignment – Tires that are out of their proper alignment will develop uneven wear, which can be hazardous if left unaddressed for long.
  • Underinflation – Without the proper air pressure your side walls can be damaged and boost the probability of tire failure.
  • Age – Naturally, older tires are more likely to fail when compared to newer ones. This happens regards less of miles driven. Older rubber cracks and weakens even if it is simply sitting in the garage.

Danger of Driving on Thin Tires

When your tread has gotten thin and the material weakens you become more likely to experience driving issues like:

  • Punctures – Tires that are past their prime have less casing protection which is why they can easily suffer punctures and blowouts. This can lead to being stranded with a flat tire or, even worse, losing control of the car completely while driving.
  • Hydroplaning – This condition is specifically triggered when water comes between the road and the wheels itself causing the car to lose its grip on the pavement. Once this happens, drivers will find themselves having great difficulty steering, accelerating, braking and maneuvering their car. Thin tread makes hydroplaning more likely when driving over any type of water on the road.

The importance of the tires on your car cannot be unstated. We place ourselves and loved ones at risk each time we take the wheel. Make sure your tread is still road worthy and ready to safely get to the next destination.

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Brian writes for TruckerToTrucker.com, a website dedicated to helping professional drivers find tires, trailers, and trucks for sale online.

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