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Proper tire maintenance is essential for safe driving. Poor tread or low air pressure can do more than damage your tire, cause a flat, or cause a blowout. It can result in a collision. At that point, the repairs are more than maintaining tires and will put your vehicle at a local auto body shop.

Why tire maintenance is important for safe driving

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, defective or slick tires contributed to more than 80 of the fatal crashes in Texas in 2016. Damaged tires, or ones that are not properly inflated, are leading causes to a blowout that can cause a serious car accident. These are accidents that can prevent a visit to an Austin body shop.

Monitor Tire Pressure

Every vehicle has a different requirement for tire pressure, but most range between 30 and 35 psi. This can be found on the inside of your door or in the owner’s manual to your car.

Newer cars are equipped with tire sensors; however, you do not want to depend on these all the time. It is still good practice to manually check tire pressure, in case the sensors stop working properly. If you know you will be driving on slick roads, check the pressure before you drive.

Tire Tread Trick to Check Tire Maintenance

Just like the tire pressure, the tread on tires can vary. There are different types of tires for a variety of road conditions and tires are not the same for cars versus heavy trucks. The purpose of good tread is for any liquid on the road to pass through the tread, so your car still has good traction.

A simple and quick test to know if your tread is wearing is the penny test. Take the penny and put it with Lincoln’s head down in the tread. Your tires are worn and need to be replaced if you can see all of Lincoln’s head.

For more than 60 years, the team at Ellis & Salazar Automotive and Collision, a body shop in Austin, has repaired vehicles every year that were damaged because of bad tires. Take the time and money to maintain safe tires. If you are involved in a wreck, use our quick and easy Smartphone Estimating Tool to get a free estimate. Our team will guide you through for a hassle-free repair process.

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