Catastrophic Accidents Caused by Inadequate Tire InflationJune 7, 2021 | Category: Tire Failures | Share
The only thing between drivers and the road is their tires. If drivers drive on under-inflated tires, it is dangerous and the leading cause of tire failure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that approximately one-third of passenger cars, light trucks, and SUVs are being driven with at least one under-inflated tire. When tire pressure is too low, too much of a tire's surface area touches the road, which increases friction. This increased friction can cause tires to overheat leading to premature wear, tread separation, and blowouts.
Blowouts from under-inflated tires can put drivers and other motorists in harm’s way. The driver of the vehicle with a blowout can lose control and crash. If the blowout is severe, other drivers may swerve to avoid pieces of flying debris and crash.
In December 2020, a 21-year-old Ocoee woman lost control of her car when a tire blew. The vehicle crossed I-75 in Wesley Chapel and bounced off the highway barrier before colliding with another car, according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The woman’s car caught fire after the collision. Both the woman and the other driver were airlifted to the hospital.
On February 26, 2021, WINK News reported a single-vehicle crash happened on I-75. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said a van that was driven by a 41-year-old Immokalee man with seven passengers and hauling a trailer was traveling south on I-75 when he suffered a tire blowout. The driver lost control of the van, and it overturned, spilling its cargo, a four-wheeler, and wooden pallets, onto the road. Two men, 34 and 27, were transported to the hospital in serious condition. The driver and five other passengers suffered minor injuries.
The NHTSA estimates thousands of injuries can be prevented each year if drivers inflate their tires correctly. The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends:
- Checking tire pressures regularly.
- Using a quality pressure gauge.
- Following the vehicle manufacturer's recommended inflation pressures and not the pressure molded into the tire sidewall.
- Checking the pressures before driving when tires have been at rest and are not hot.
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