Tire Safety Encouraged During National Campaign
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) kicked off National Tire Safety Week June 5, 2011, to coincide with the start of the hot weather and a vacation period marked by long-distance driving. Prior to embarking on a long trip, motorists are urged to check their car’s tire tread wear and tire pressure to reduce the possibility of a car accident.
Binghamton, NY drivers should add a tire readiness review to their vacation checklist. Our injury lawyers encourage consistent monitoring of tread wear and air pressure (PSI) levels, and for drivers to pay attention to the DOT guidance published through the June 11 safety campaign period.
A five-year study covering the period 2005-2009 and released by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that an estimated 3,400 people died and 116,000 were injured as a result of car crashes related to tires during that time. Motorists should be vigilant in monitoring the tire treads and air pressure PSI all-year round, but especially during the hot summer months and before long trips.
“As the weather warms up, it’s especially important for drivers to ensure their tires are properly inflated,” DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said. “For your safety and the safety of others on the road, inspect your tires regularly and maintain the proper inflation.”
Besides adding to the safety of the vehicle, correctly inflated tires will improve a car’s fuel economy which is especially important during vacations’ long driving trips and rising fuel prices. The Department of Energy’s fueleconomy.gov website reveals that, for a vehicle with a fuel-economy rating of 30 miles per gallon and a 35 PSI tire pressure recommendation, a drop of 25 percent in tire pressure would equate to a loss of 8.8 percent in fuel economy, or a drop of 2.6 miles per gallon.
The tire sidewall contains information on its age and recommended PSI levels. Furthermore, the manufacturer includes recommendations for how often to change the tires.
Our injury attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage NY drivers to periodically assess their tires to help prevent vehicle accidents. This along with other safety tips from the NHTSA can help keep our roadways safe and prevent car accidents that could result in injuries or death.
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