Truck Tire Safety
Truck tire safety is important in order to avoid dangers that may result in tire tread separation, blow out, or any other tire related accident on the road. Truck tire safety is a responsibility that often involves the tires' maker, maintenance professionals, and the tires' owner. Truck tire safety involves special considerations that differ from the safety considerations applicable to passenger car tires. Truck tire safety must take into account the vehicle's overall strength, center of gravity, load carrying capacity, and driveline complexity.
There are many things that factor into truck tire safety. The first vital component to truck tire safety is choosing the right size and type of tires for the vehicle, the vehicle's rims, tire and vehicle road limits, and what that vehicle is used for. The vehicle's owner manual will often indicate what type of tire is recommended for a particular truck based on the aforementioned vehicle specifications. It is crucial to truck tire safety to properly match the rim size to the tire size. When rims and tires are mismatched, the result can be a rupture of parts on the road which causes an eruption. Replacement tires must always match the same rim diameter to ensure truck tire safety.
Truck tire safety involves periodic inspections of your tires to check for proper tire pressure, inspecting your tires for any cuts, slashes, or other aberrations, checking your tires for tread-wear, and avoiding road hazards. These steps not only increase truck tire safety by helping you to avoid tread separation and tire blowout, they also improve vehicle handling, fuel economy, and extend the life of your tires.
In addition to checking the tires' air pressure, it is important to evaluate your tires' tread-wear. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fifty percent of all trucks, vans, and SUVs have at least one half-worn tire at any given time. At least ten percent have a bald tire. Tire tread-wear is measured in 1/32-inch increments and a new tire measures 10/32 of an inch. According to truck tire safety, 2/32 of an inch of wear is considered bald. Many tires have horizontal bars that make it easy to gauge tire tread-wear. Experts say that 2/32 inches of wear may be too much for trucks that drive in the rain or snow, and tires may need to be replaced at 5/32 of an inch.
Uneven tread-wear may also compromise truck tire safety and can be the result of worn shocks, under-inflation, misalignment, and tires that need to be rotated. When the tire tread-wear it too great, vehicles are more likely to experience tire blowout, hydroplane, and other dangerous events. Trucks, especially SUVs, have a greater propensity to rollover in these situations, posing a great risk of injury and damage to those involved in these accidents.
A major component of truck tire safety is a good quality and reliable product to work with. In the past, tire companies have produced defective tires on a large scale for use on trucks and SUVs. In some cases, tire related accidents can be the result of defective tires.
If you are concerned about truck tire safety, you may wish to speak with a knowledgeable attorney who can evaluate your case to determine your legal rights and options.
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