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Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Means Added Risk of Tire Malfunctions and other Car Trouble

Its’ summertime, and unfortunately that means multiple risk factors increase for car accidents resulting in personal injury.  More inexperienced teens are driving, incidents of red light running are up and the summer heat can add strain to your tires, engine, transmission and cooling system. 

Unexpected car trouble of any kind can be dangerous for drivers, passengers and fellow motorists.   In particular, tire malfunctions such as blowouts are a major safety hazard.  Blowouts can cause someone to lose control over their vehicle – especially when traveling at high speeds. 

According to an article published in Popular Mechanics, tire blowout season begins in May and lasts through October.  An increased rate of tire failure during this time is due in part to higher temperatures and motorists driving farther and faster in vehicles loaded with passengers and other items.  Other contributing factors to tire malfunctions include manufacturing defects and environmental hazards.  In addition to increased heat, uneven pavement and obstacles in the road can compromise safety.  It’s smart to avoid driving over debris or uneven parts of the road whenever possible, as driving over potholes or even bumping over a driveway lip can cut through tire rubber or cause internal damage.  The damage may reveal itself immediately, or may not become apparent for months, which can pose additional risk as motorists continue to drive on damaged tires.    

The Georgia Department of Public Safety recommends that car owners routinely inspect tires, belts, hoses, filters, and fluid levels and repair any defects immediately.  Tires should be kept in good shape, including routinely checking for damage and maintaining the proper tire pressure (check your owner’s manual for specifics).  This is also important for many who use their vehicles to tow boats, campers and trailers, which puts additional strain on the engine and transmission.  

If you have been injured in a car accident and need help with your claim, contact experienced personal injury law attorney John Webb today via email at jwebb@smithwelchlaw.com or call us at 770-389-4864 for a free consultation. 

 

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