If having an automotive accident is bad enough, the next step is to establish the cause of the accident.
When driving any vehicle its your responsibility to maintain a standard of roadworthiness.
In most cases you know when your car is unsafe, as it will tell you by making a noise or performing at of character.
Any driver can check their tyres for wear or damage, any driver can see if their car is leaking oil.
We have no excuse when it comes to motor vehicle safety especially if your motor vehicle is involved in a fatal crash.
I’m writing this because of all people I should know better than most people about tyres and motor vehicle safety.
The other day I had a puncture and was forced to change my flat tyre. To my horror I could not believe how low in tread was left on this punctured tyre.
The next step was to take an image of all four tyres and make a judgment call on how many tyres are to be replaced.
No driver needs to be a tyre expert, but every driver needs to check their tyre condition and pressure on a regular frequency of once a month.
Front tyres may suffer more wear of damage due to the front end configuration. If your tyres are wearing more in the inside of the tyre this means you will need a front end alignment, a typical front end alignment will cost from $40 to $60, if carry out correctly your tyres will not have premature or admornal wear during the life of the tyre.
A quick measure of tyre safety as follows.
In most states the minimum legal tread depth is 1.5 mm but at this point you must replace your tyres.
Using tyres with the minimum tread depth of 1.5 mm will allow the vehicle to slide or hydroplane across sections of water on the road.
When a car loses friction apart from the potential of crashing it may cause a fatal crash and this can all be avoided by making sure the vehicle you are driving has safe and roadworthy tyres.
I have noticed that most of the major tyre suppliers provide an online portal to give you an idea of cost. But from my experience this research pays to shop around. I keep going to the same local tyre supplier as I keep getting very good service and fast service at that.
Below are some images of typical tyres.
Image 1, shows a tyre with low tread height
Image 2, shows a tyre with good tread height but not the inner tread wear, this is due to toe in excess wear.
Image 3 and 3 shows a tyre with low tread height, notice in image 4 this is the tyre wear indicator moulded into the tyre to clearly show when the limit bar is flush with the tyre its time to replace the tyre.