As residents of Southwest Florida, everyone has experienced those unexpected downpours while driving that some refer to as “liquid sunshine.” Do you ever consider how big of a role your tires play in giving your car, van or truck the proper braking and handling required to keep you safe during inclement weather?
Most of us never really take the time to do a walk around our vehicles before we begin our journey. Although a properly maintained braking system is vital for your safety and the safety of others, your tires play a very important role when it comes to stopping your vehicle quickly.
Have you checked recently how much tread is currently on your tires? It is important that you do! Tire wear is caused by friction, the amount of tire tread that comes in contact with the road. When tires are new, they usually have between 9 to 10/32nds of tread. When tires begin to wear the tread-depth is reduced but the stopping distances are increased. The attached video link demonstrates how much tire wear affects your safe stopping distances. https://youtu.be/zA6MUlVNkLM
Many do not appreciate that tires degrade after about 6 years. The rubber becomes harder, especially in the Florid sun! When that happens, the tires adhesion is compromised and aquaplaning and skidding on wet surfaces become enhanced. Did you know that The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and official manufacturers suggest a tire is only 100% safe to use until it turns 5-6 years old? So this is another reason to check your tires.
Brought to you by The ECCL Safety Council