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Every day, commercial drivers perform a pre-trip vehicle inspection before heading off to load passengers into their vehicle. The purpose of the inspection is to keep the traveling public safe while in your vehicle.
Like anything we do daily, we can become complacent. What should be thorough inspections can become mundane and routine with things easily missed. This is especially true with tires. We tend to give them a glance and look for cuts, bubbles, steel belts or other abnormal conditions that are easily visible.
According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pre-existing tire problems contributed to 9% of about two million accidents examined. Half of those accidents were solo-vehicle crashes where the tire failure was the only factor causing the crash to occur. In looking at SUV crash statistics involving tire failure, 45% of all SUVs experiencing a tire failure rolled over during the crash.
These tire-related crashes caused 414 fatalities and 10,275 injuries. That should cause you to take a second and even third look at your tires to check the condition on the outer wall, the inner wall, and tread surface. Make sure you look for cuts, tears, and belts showing through as well as checking proper inflation with a gauge rather than simply eyeballing it. The life you save just might be your own.
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