Tires are one of the most important parts of your vehicle when it comes to keeping you on the road safely. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there are more than 500 deaths every year due to tire related accidents. There are also about 19,000 individuals who are hurt every year for the same reason. The sad part of the fact is that most of these were preventable by maintaining proper tire pressures and replacing them when wear occurs.
Tire wear is a concern as those with newer tires can stop within five to eight feet shorter than those with worn tires. This could mean the difference of rear ending the vehicle in front of you or not. Over or under inflation of tires can cause several different issues, especially during the harsh conditions that occur when attempting to avoid an accident. Underinflated tires provide poor turning capability and provide a longer stopping distance than those of properly inflated tires. Also, underinflated tires provide more friction causing more wear on the wheel system and higher heat levels.
Tire aging is a different issue to worry about rather than just tire wear. There is a shelf life on tires as they get hard and brittle as the years go on. Essentially the rubber within the tires start to break down and this causes premature failure even though there may be plenty of tread left on the tire.
Recalls are another issue that could cause a tire to improperly function. Typically, there are mass recalls made to a tire product, but there is no information on who has purchased these tires at third party tire places. This is why it is recommended that you purchase at a dealership such as Browning Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and RAM as they place your purchases in a registry that would allow you to be contacted in the event of a recall.
Remember, keep your tires on the forefront of your ground as they are the only thing between you and the road.