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The days can feel short when we fall into a set schedule. For most people, they wake up, get dressed, grab a coffee, and head to work. After work is over, they pack their bags, head home, and relax until they have to repeat the same routine the next day. While this can be a comfortable lifestyle, it can leave some people forgetting about the small safety issues that can go unnoticed over time, such as vehicle maintenance.

Vehicle maintenance is critical to not only your safety needs, but to the safety of others sharing the road. Of course, when the days become monotonous, it can be easy to forget about the things that help move your vehicle, your tires. The condition of your tires can be the difference between arriving to your destination safely and getting in a serious car accident.

To keep you and your family free of danger, consider some of the tire safety tips below:

1. Use a Penny to Check the Wear of Your Tires

Grab a penny and rotate it so Lincoln’s head is upside down. Place the penny in the tread. If the tread covers part of Lincoln’s head, chances are your tires are still in good condition. If you are able to see all of Lincoln’s head, you should take your vehicle in to have the tires replaced. This could be a sign that your tires are excessively worn down.

2. Make Sure Your Tires are Properly Inflated

Before going on long trips, use a pressure gauge to ensure your tires are properly and evenly filled. Improper inflation can cause quicker wear as well and an increase in fuel consumption. In the worst cases, improper inflation can cause tire failure, leaving you and other drivers at extreme risk for serious injuries.

3. Ensure Your Tires are Rotated on a Regular Basis

For the best results, your tires should be rotated every 3,000 to 5,000 miles. This can ensure you are getting the correct amount of traction, handling, and longevity of the tire. If you are unsure about the last time your tires were rotated, visit a trustworthy mechanic to have your tires inspected.

4. Scan Your Tires with Your Eyes Every Day

It is wise to form the habit of checking your tires on a daily basis. Instead of just jumping in the car, walk about your vehicle and scan your tires for any abnormal wear, bulges, cracks, cuts, or punctures. Make sure to also inspect the edge of the tires to ensure they are not underinflated or worn down due to misalignment.

Has A Negligent Driver Caused You Harm?

Every driver owes a duty of maintaining his or her vehicle. If another driver, whose vehicle mishandled due to lack of maintenance, caused your accident, you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for your damages. At The Daspit Law Firm, our Houston car accident attorneys are passionate about providing aggressive representation for victims harmed in car crashes. When you choose to work with our team, we can put a relentless team on your side of the courtroom to help you obtain a positive outcome.

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