Tips for Avoiding Tire Blowouts and Similar Failures
Car crashes can be caused by any number of reasons, from negligent or reckless driving, mechanical failure or defects, or hazardous driving conditions. If a product has a defect in its design or manufacturing, you may not discover the problem until it has resulted in an accident; however, there are some things that you can do to help yourself.
Perform routine inspections of your car, and in particular of your tires, regularly and before taking a long trip. Be on the lookout for the following warning signs associated with tire failure:
- Cuts or cracks in the rubber
- Irregular or extreme tread wear
- Blisters or bulges in the tire walls
- Excessive vibrating sounds
The most common cause of tire blowouts is tread separation (also called detreading). While manufacturing and design defects typically plays a substantial role, detreading may also occur if the tire is improperly inflated. Take the following actions to reduce your risk of injury to yourself and others, and avoid damage to your car:
- Check your tire pressure monthly. Also check for small flaws in the rubber or tread.
- Search for your brand and model of tire on the Internet to find reports regarding their safety. Is it possible you failed to receive notice that the manufacturer had recalled your tires?
- Replace worn or damaged tires. What might seem like a minor expense now could prevent major expenses or injuries down the line.
- Practice safe driving habits. Simply avoiding speeding, signaling properly, and keeping a safe distance between vehicles can avoid many accidents and ensure you have sufficient time to react.