Archive for June, 2014

West Palm Beach Drivers Urged to be “Tire-Wise”

Summers in West Palm Beach are known for hot weather, which can be great for those who want to hit the beach. Unfortunately, the heat is not necessarily very good for tires. Warm weather can add to the risk of a blowout, which can cause a serious accident. Tire Safety Week was scheduled in early June of this year to remind drivers about best practices when it comes to tire safety. 

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provided some important safety tips to kick off Tire Safety Week. Drivers should follow the advice of the NHTSA to avoid the chances of an accident occurring. Unfortunately, sometimes tires are simply poorly made or dangerously designed and there is nothing that the motorist can do to decrease the risks. When an accident happens because of tire defects, lawyers in West Palm Beach at Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., can help.

Tire Safety Tips to Prevent Collisions

The NHTSA recommends that all drivers check their tires regularly and that they replace tires when they become worn out due to damage or age. Proper tire maintenance can extend the average tire life by as much as 4,700 miles, so keeping up on maintaining tires can save you money. More importantly, taking care of your tires could help save your life by helping you avoid blowouts.

The most important maintenance step to take for your tires is to ensure that they are inflated to the proper level. This affects durability, safety and fuel consumption. Other maintenance tasks that should be performed regularly include balancing and aligning the tires, which will help them to last longer.

Even with the very best maintenance, however, tires do wear and age. Drivers should check their tires regularly to see if the tread has become too worn for safe use.

The components of the tire, such as the rubber, can also begin to break down over time even if the tire is not used often or when the tire is sitting in storage. Warmer weather can make tire aging worse, which is especially a problem for motorists living in West Palm Beach where it is warm year round. Follow the instructions of your tire manufacturers regarding how long your tires can be safely stored or used and replace them when it is time.

Finally, drivers are advised to sign up for NHTSA alerts and to make sure that their tires are registered with the manufacturer so that they will be notified of any possible recalls that may occur. If a tire is recalled due to a design problem or defect, the manufacturer can be held legally responsible for any losses that occurred because of the tire problems.

Accident lawyers in West Palm Beach can help injury victims. Call Gonzalez & Cartwright, P.A., today at 800-608-2965 or visit http://www.gonzalezcartwright.com/ to schedule a free consultation.