Summer Temperatures & Tire Blowouts

tire blowoutAs we get closer to summer, we have to prepare for the hot temperatures. Unfortunately, this means more than just making sure our air conditioners work or we have fans in the house ready. It means we have to prepare our vehicles as well. Why? Because the heat of the summer can impact multiple parts of your car, including your tires. As temperatures rise, it has a direct impact on how your tire performs, things that could go wrong, and even cause a tire blowout.

There are some people on the road who are unaware of the potential dangers of the summer heat and how it affects your tires. This is why our Tampa car accident attorneys at Robert Sparks Attorneys are dedicated to making sure you understand the potential risks. You should know what to check to make sure your tires are as durable as possible. You should also know what to do to help prevent a tire blowout as the result of extreme summer heat.

Some potential dangers of summer temperatures include:

  • Overheating tires
  • High or low pressure
  • Low inflation
  • Tread tear
  • Increased friction

If any of these happen, it can cause your tire to blowout. This is extremely dangerous as your car would most likely lose control and a serious accident may occur. If you feel that you may be susceptible to a tire blowout due to overheating or over or underinflated tires, you need to make sure you pay close attention. You can check the tire pressure to make sure it’s not dangerous enough to cause a blowout. You can also make sure the parts are safe for extreme temperatures. Check the temperature ratings before you get tires as these are tested under laboratory settings.

A number of newer vehicles have tire pressure sensors that are supposed to indicate if the pressure in a tire goes too low. A light will appear on the dashboard and the car may make a sound. Regardless, the safest bet in extreme temperatures is to make sure you are checking the tire pressure when possible to make sure it’s not going down. Unfortunately, these sensors may be defective at times.

Tire blowouts may also occur in the heat if you were sold retreaded tires and the adhesive is no longer holding it together correctly. In these situations, the company that sold you the tire may be held accountable.

At Robert Sparks Attorneys, our Tampa car accident lawyers are dedicated to making sure your rights are upheld if you’ve been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence. We encourage you to reach out to our firm and learn what options you have. Call us today and schedule your free consultation to discuss your potential claim to seek compensation if your tire blowout or accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence.