Tires are an important part of your car, and when they are properly maintained they can help us avoid a car wreck. Tire maintenance must be taken seriously, as there are around 11,000 reported crashes caused by unsafe tires each year, and around 200 people are killed in those wrecks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports many of those crashes are avoidable with proper maintenance and reading tire labels. Motorists should also track their tire’s age and keep a close eye on recalls. Residents can help keep their tires safe and experts urge them to help keep their loved ones informed about tire safety, as well. Car owners should check their tire pressure at least once a month, and preferably after the car hasn’t been driven for 2 hours. There is also a higher risk of a blowout or tread separation if a tire gets too worn. Spare tires are also susceptible to aging and safety issues. The vehicle’s owner manual should be reviewed to determine when tire rotations, alignment, and balancing is necessary. These procedures will help the tires last as long as possible. If a driver notices their vehicle pulling to one side on even, flat road, bring the vehicle to an alignment expert as soon as possible, according to news reports. Contact our Modesto law offices to talk to an attorney today.