Tires are one of the most crucial safety items on our vehicle. Proper tire tread, proper tire pressure of tires, proper tire balance and replacing tires that are damaged from cracks and gouges, is very important in tire safety. If you do not have the knowledge or time to keep an eye on your own tires, we recommend having your tires inspected at each and every oil change.

Below we are listing a few interesting statistics that have been compiled by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

The #1 reason for vehicle breakdowns on National Highways is due to flat tires or blowouts. 20 percent of all vehicle crashes on national highways are related to tire under inflation. Underinflated tires reduce fuel economy and traction while increasing the chances of hydroplaning on wet surfaces and tire blow out.

Improper tire pressure can decrease handling and increase the risk of an accident.

Proper balance of a tire distributes the mass of the tire when it is mounted on its wheel and the vehicle’s axle. An unbalanced tire can lead to serious vibration felt in both the steering wheel and the car seat compromising the handling and safety of the vehicle.

Proper tire tread is crucial to having good traction when accelerating, decelerating or braking.

The age of the tire is critical in the aspects of overall vehicle maintenance.

Keeping tires in safe operating condition at all times decreases the chances of tire failure, personal injury and property damage. Regular tire inspections, tire pressure checks, having tires properly balanced and rotated regularly for longevity, will help to keep you, your family and others on the road safe, and will add longevity to the life of your tires.

Steve and Karen Johnston are owners of All About Automotive in Historic Downtown Gresham. If you have questions or comments, call them at 503-465-2926 or email them at [email protected]e.com.

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