Motor vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death for young people, and it is imperative that teens learn to be safe drivers in order to minimize risks that they face. Learning to be safe on the roads means not only learning defensive driving and obeying the rules of the road, but also understanding how to properly maintain a vehicle and ensure that there are no defects that could cause an accident.
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that bad tires on a vehicle can be very dangerous, as a tire blowout can occur. Too many teens don’t know how to properly maintain their tires, but there are a few simple things that young people can do to avoid the risk of a collision.
Preventing a Motor Vehicle Crash From Defective Tires
According to Health News Digest, around 300,000 motor vehicle crashes could be prevented each year involving inexperienced drivers. Preventing these crashes would be possible if better and more comprehensive driver’s education programs were available.
One big problem with driver’s education is that often there are no lessons on tire maintenance or on vehicle maintenance. Only 16 states require that the driver’s education curriculum include information on maintaining tires safely and only seven states require a lesson on tire and vehicle maintenance.
Many schools are also cutting driver’s education programs due to budget cuts, leaving some teenagers with few options for getting any sort of comprehensive driving education at all beyond learning the basics required to take a driving test and get a license.
When driver’s education does not cover tire maintenance or tire care, teens are left with no information except for what their parents provide to them. According to one recent survey, around 3/4 of teenagers said that anything they knew about taking care of their tires was learned from listening to parents. However, only around 1/3 of parents said that they felt as though they were knowledgeable about tire care. If they don’t have the knowledge about tire safety, they can’t be expected to give accurate information to their kids.
Not knowing about tire safety is a big problem. As many as 12 percent of the 2.2 million motor vehicle accidents that happen each year involve problems with the tires on an involved vehicle. This is an average of one accident involving tire problems every two minutes.
Tire safety does not have to be complicated if teens are taught some simple and basic tricks for checking on the condition of their tires. For example, the Penny Test is a really easy way to determine if tire treads have become too worn and the tire needs to be replaced. The test works by simply taking a penny and sticking it into the treads of the tires. If the top of Lincoln’s head is visible when the penny is in the tire tread, then the tire is too worn.
In addition to checking for tire tread condition, teens should also check tire pressure to ensure that the tires are neither over nor under-inflated. The manufacturer recommends an appropriate tire pressure and tires should be within this range to maximize safety.
Accident lawyers in Birmingham, Alabama can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com.