As a continuation of Hot Weather Increases Risk of Tire Failure, NHTSA Warns (Part 1), here is some additional important information the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) included in its recent announcement. While Part 1 focused on the specific causes of tire failure, here in Part 2, we will highlight some important tips the NHTSA provided for preventing tire failure and minimizing the risk of car accident during hot summer months.
Tips on Preventing Tire Failure This Summer
In order to reduce the risk of tire failure this summer, the NHTSA has recommended that drivers:
- Keep a tire pressure gauge in their cars
- Check the tire pressure on their vehicle’s tires monthly and keep the pressure at the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended PSI (pounds-per-square-inch). The recommended PSI for a specific car’s tires can be found in the vehicle’s owner’s manual.
- Are aware of where their vehicle’s tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is in their car (if their car is equipped with such a system) and respond promptly to any warnings regarding low tire pressure
- Follow the vehicle manufacturer’s guidelines regarding when it’s necessary to replace the tires on a vehicle (including the spare tire)
- Regularly check the tread on tires and replace tires that have tread worn down to 2/32 of an inch (or less) –
- The “penny test” is an easy way for drivers to test how worn down the tread is. With the penny test, place a penny, with Lincoln’s head upside down and facing you, in the tread of the tires. If Lincoln’s head is visible, the tread has been worn down 2/32 of an inch or less.
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