Driving on I-10, we all see it. Bits of shredded, blown-out tires, littering the Freeway. Some are from 18-wheelers, others from F-150s or some other vehicle. Point is, the blow-outs could have been prevented.

Tire blow-outs can result in vehicle accidents that injure and unfortunately cause fatalities. In the latest statistics reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tire blow-outs are estimated to cause more than 400 deaths and more than 78,000 crashes each year.

To avoid a blow-out, you should check your tires regularly for inflation and worn treads. Under inflation and over inflation of tires are big “no-no’s”. They can create uneven tire wear. Also, make sure you get a timely wheel alignment and tire rotation on your vehicle. As far as tire treads, use the old “penny test.” There are several local businesses that offer free air pressure inspection and will put air in your tires if necessary.

Place a penny head first into several tread grooves across the tire. If you always see the top of Lincoln’s head, your treads are shallow and worn. If this is the case, your tires need to be replaced. If part of Lincoln’s head is always covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining.

Finally, try to avoid road hazards, like potholes and debris in the street. Also, watch your cargo weight on vehicles.

Hope this helps you understand better the importance of keeping your tires in good shape. Come by and see us at Pete Solis Collision Center in El Paso, for any Auto Body, Maintenance, or Claim Question you may have!

Safe Driving!


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