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Posted by Ottawa Personal Injury Lawyer, Ottawa Accident Lawyer, David Hollingsworth in Accident Benefits Insurance Claims, Ottawa Injury and Accidents, safety on March 13th, 2011
Ottawa Injury Lawyer David Hollingsworth, The Canada Safety Council’s website put out the following information about tire safety. When the roads are slick and icy, your tires mean everything. Please take a moment to read this post. -Ottawa Car Accident Lawyer David Hollingsworth
Tires are without a doubt the most critical safety component on a vehicle. Where the rubber meets the road affects traction, handling, steering, stability and braking. Because of this, a sudden tire failure can have serious consequences, especially if it occurs at highway speeds in a vehicle with a high centre of gravity.
Are your tires safe? Under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Twenty-three per cent of vehicles have at least one tire under-inflated by more than 20 per cent. An under-inflated tire may not be visibly noticeable; however, they are more prone to damage and failure and contribute to higher fuel costs. The right amount of air for your tires is specified by the vehicle manufacturer and is usually shown on the vehicle door edge, doorpost, glove box door or fuel door. It is also listed in the owner’s manual.
It’s up to you. The vehicle owner is responsible for prevention of tire failure caused by improper inflation. Many people seldom ever check their tires. That’s why all 2008 and newer vehicles now have the “Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems” to alert the driver if a tire is low. TPMS isn’t mandatory in Canada , and so far, there are no plans to make it so. Transport Canada says it is monitoring the effectiveness of TPMS and will not rule out the possibility of mandatory requirement, but also says that it will make no decisions before looking at several issues, including false or no warnings, sensor battery life, long-term system durability, and the extremely low numbers of tire failures cited in fatal collisions.
Check Tire pressure. So even though your vehicle is equipped with TPMS, you should still check your tire pressure once a month and before any longer trips. Tires do not last forever, even if the tread shows little visible wear. As rubber ages, it loses elasticity, hardens and can become brittle. The reinforcing cords inside a tire can also deteriorate and lose strength. This increases the risk of a sudden tire failure the older the tire gets. After ten years, the risk of failure goes up sharply. Because of this, many safety experts say tires that are more than six years old have expired and should be replaced regardless of how much tread is left on the tires.
Did You Know? All tires sold in Canada have a tire identification number moulded into the sidewall. This number provides tire retailers specific manufacturing information about when and where the tire was made. The first two characters following DOT indicate the manufacturer and plant code; the third and fourth characters are the tire size code. The fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth are optional. The final four give the manufacturing date. For example, 2602 indicates that the tire was manufactured in the twenty-sixth week of 2002. The maple leaf following the number indicates that the tire was made in Canada and certifies that it meets Transport Canada requirements.
Ok, my fellow Ontario drivers…get out there and check those tires !!!!!!!!
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According to Department of Transport Road Accident Statistics, the number of car accidents caused by weather and snow covered roads increase in winter by 267 percent. Obviously we can’t control the weather conditions but we can reduce car accident statistics considerably by replacing the tires according to the weather conditions. Many Ontario residents and those who live in colder areas, change their car tires prior to start of winter season and again in spring or summer. This is done for the sake of safety as the experienced car drivers know that the ambient temperature is directly related with their tires performance. The research also indicates that ambient temperatures below 7 degrees celcius potentially trigger hazardous driving conditions. Insurance companies statistics also support this view stating that the increase in car accident damage insurance claims increases drastically with the onset of colder weather. This is why it is extremely important to ensure you have tires that are in good condition. Test rides have proved that whenever temperatures go below 7ºC, tire rubber become hard and that results in less road grip. Fitting cold weather tires to our vehicles before winter season is the best solution to drive safely, even during the winter, rainy or snowing season, when temperatures are likely to go down below 7C. Cold weather tires provide better mileage while normal tires reduce the mileage up to 20 %. Cold weather tires contain more rubber that minimizes the hardening effect and gives extra grip in wet, cold or icy conditions. As a result, we get shorter breaking distances. Although it may be a hassle, spending a few minutes for tires replacement at the change of weather twice a year for the sake of safety is not only justified, it is essential. Even after adapting this practice, don’t forget to continually check the tires condition and pressure regularly.
Since 1999, David Hollingsworth has been an Ottawa personal injury lawyer working with Goldberg Stroud LLP, an Ottawa law firm of 50 years, helping accident victims and their families who have suffered a personal injury or loved ones of those who have suffered a wrongful death due to motor vehicle accidents and other accidents. David fights to get the maximum amount of compensation for his clients. He understands that you will likely never go through such a difficult time in your life again and you need help now. David Hollingsworth and his personal injury team are here to help. Free consultations and cases are taken on a contingency fee , which means you do not pay David until you get your money.
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