Underinflated or damaged tires on cars, trucks, and other vehicles can cause a drop in the miles per gallon your car gets on the road. They can also cause accidents or injuries, especially in hot weather, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.
Between 2005 and 2009, NHTSA estimates that 3,400 people were killed and another 116,000 were injured in car crashes that might have been avoided if the car’s tires were properly inflated and maintained. An underinflated or worn tire can burst, and hot weather makes tires less able to stand the stress of long car trips and heavy loads of people and luggage. To help avoid a flat tire and the risk of a tire-related accident, keep tires inflated properly and check their age. Both the correct amount of inflation and the date the tire was made should be written on the sides of the tires.
In addition to helping families avoid flat tires and lower their risk of an accident during summer travels, keeping tires properly inflated can improve the vehicle’s gas mileage. This helps the car travel further on a tank of gas, which helps the family save money.
Traveling with safety in mind helps vacationing families avoid auto accidents in Michigan and enjoy their summer fun. Unfortunately, even the safest drivers can’t always prevent defective vehicle parts or negligently maintained roads from causing an accident.
If you or someone you love has been injured, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Michigan auto accident attorneys at Lipton Law, P.C. To learn more, call us today at 248-557-1688.