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When is the last time you checked your tires as a safety measure?

AdobeStock_128945312.jpegWhether you're a daily commuter on Minnesota roadways or an occasional traveler, it's critical that you make sure the vehicle you're driving is in safe working condition. For instance, if your brake lights are not functioning, not only might a police officer pull you over in a traffic stop, you could wind up being rear-ended by another car if the person behind you can't tell that you've applied your brakes.

Tire safety is something that many drivers fail to make a top priority. Many blowouts have occurred on Minnesota roads due to people driving cars with tires with worn treads. The balder the tire, the likelier you might be to experience a blowout while traveling. What if your tires are in prime condition but another driver's tires are not and he or she hits you, resulting in injury? Who would be responsible for your medical bills?

Be proactive regarding tire safety

Most tire safety experts recommend that you diligently check your tires at least once per month. The following list includes additional tire safety tips that may reduce your chances of having a blowout or collision on a Minnesota highway: 

  • You might think it seems tedious; however, it's best to check your vehicle, including your tires, every time you plan to get behind the wheel to drive. Doing so might prevent roadway problems, such as by noticing that one of your tires is low on air.
  • The information regarding tire safety on one vehicle might be different from the information that applies to the tires on another vehicle. It's imperative that you check the owner's manual and tire safety information that pertains to your exact vehicle.
  • Tread depth is a key factor toward tire safety. The amount of tread on a tire greatly affects handling, stopping distance and traction.
  • If you're traveling in inclement weather or with poor road conditions, worn treads can diminish your ability to maintain control and safely travel in your vehicle.

There are numerous other tire safety tips that can help you reduce your chances for collision or blowouts while driving. The problem is that you can only control your own driving habits and safety precautions. There's nothing you can do about another vehicle on the road. If a driver has neglected tire safety, it can have disastrous results.

If you suffer injury in a collision

Recovering from a Minnesota motor vehicle collision can be challenging. In addition to physical pain and discomfort, such incidents often spark emotional trauma and financial distress as well. It's important to build a strong support network from the start to maximize your ability to achieve as swift and full a recovery as possible.

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