Most vehicles nowadays come with a sensor built into their cars that tells them if something is wrong with their tires. Tires play an important role in vehicle crashes and if they are not up to par, then the risk of further damage and injuries increases to all parties involved in the crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study that analyzed tire factors in the pre-crash phase of vehicle crashes.
Factors Associated with Vehicle Crashes
Your tires can make or break you in a crash. In the moments prior to crashing you can try to swerve or maneuver so that you do not crash but this is almost entirely dependent on how good your tires are (granted, inexperienced drivers who don’t know how to handle vehicle crashes may ultimately still crash).
Prior tire damage was present on 31.6% of vehicles and caused 11.7% more vehicle crashes than expected. Likewise, tire pressure plays a big role in an accident. Tires underinflated by over 10% the recommended inflation had many more tire-related crash problems in the pre-crash phase. Vehicles that had a tire pressure sensor built in had fewer problems with over or under inflation.
Tire tread depth determines how well your vehicle’s tires can grip the road, especially during bad weather. Tires in the US with tread depths of 0-2/32” are not legally road worthy yet people still drive on them despite it being highly unsafe. In fact, 26.2% of tire-related vehicle crashes studied by the NHTSA had tread depths between 0-2/32”.
Bad weather conditions increase tire-related vehicle crashes by 7.3%. Whether or not the road is wet determines, along with tire tread depth, how well a vehicle’s tires can grip the pavement. In cold weather, which can lead to loss of tire pressure, there are slightly more tire-related vehicle crashes as compared to crashes in warmer weather.
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