According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it’s estimated that tire failure is responsible for about 11,000 auto accidents per year. Now while many of these accidents surely involve common maintenance issues, such as under- and over-inflation and improper tread levels, a lot of these accidents are likely also the result of poor tires.
Tires are an investment and it’s only natural that you want to get the best value for the lowest price when selecting your next set. But it’s important to know the difference between a “poor” and a “good” tire, as it could play a major factor in your safety on the road.
So can good tires prevent accidents? Absolutely! Here’s a closer look at how:
- Grip and slip: Good tires have fine-tuned tread patterns, which deliver better grip – and less slip – as well as better cornering, steering response and stability at high speeds. With a quality made tire, you’ll get better grip and greater traction, which can help you avoid accidents in wet, snowy, or slippery driving conditions.
- Stopping distance: Stopping distance is directly determined by the coefficient of friction between the tires and the road. And while stopping distance is dependent on a variety of factors (i.e. vehicle speed, road conditions, etc.), generally speaking the better the traction and grip that your tire has on the road, the faster it will come to a stop. Good tires generally have treads designed to deliver a better grip on the road.
- Durability: While a lot of tire blowouts can be linked to improper inflation, there’s a lot to be said about quality as well. For instance, today’s tires are made of up to 25 different components, each of which plays a key role in performance and durability. One particularly important set of components are the steel belts of a tire, which provide it with stability as well as help with a flat tread pattern. The better quality of tire you select, the better quality of steel belt you’ll get with it, which can go a long way toward stability and durability in preventing tire blowouts.
A good tire can help prevent auto accidents in terms of providing better grip and traction, improving stopping distance, and ensuring enhanced durability. As this article has previously mentioned, peak tire performance also has a lot to do with proper maintenance and inflation, but quality can play an equally important role in preventing accidents.
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