Have you ever driven past someone on the road who has had a tire blowout and wonder how it happened? Well, there are a number of reasons, but one of the most overlooked causes of a tire blowout is the heat.
We don’t think about the heat as a potential cause for a car accident, but it can happen. As the weather gets warmer, it becomes increasingly important to ensure certain parts of your vehicle are ready for the change in temperature. This includes the tires.
How Heat Causes a Tire Blowout
There are some times when we’re driving our vehicles and we get the loud notification that our tire pressure is low. We stop to add in air and go about our day. This is perfectly fine, but as the weather gets warmer, it can cause the air inside to expand and the pressure can increase.
With enough pressure, the tread on the tires can separate, causing the rubber to fall off the rest of the rim and you are left in a vulnerable position. This is a situation nobody wants to endure, especially when traveling at high speeds and the potential to lose control is increased.
How to Perform Maintenance
When checking your vehicle, the tires should always be a focal point. Check the tire pressure to ensure they are within the range specified on your owner’s manual. Too low or too high and you can be at a serious risk of a problem that may lead to a crash.
If you’re gauge is showing too much pressure, allow some air to come out of the tire. If it’s too low, fill it up just enough and recognize that it might increase with the heat. Along with this, always check the tread on the tires to ensure that it is adequate.
How This Leads to Legal Action
Not everyone performs maintenance on their vehicle and if you are someone who does, it doesn’t guarantee that others are being as safe as you. Accidents can still occur and you may sustain injury when others don’t pay close attention to their vehicles and they suffer a tire blowout.
If this is the case and you are harmed as a result, our Philadelphia auto accident attorneys can work with you to determine your options moving forward. The Beasley Firm is battle tested and ready to take your case the distance, seeking the compensation you need and deserve.
Call us today for your free case evaluation.