Going to a car repair shop for regular tire care is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your vehicle’s overall safety and drivability. Proper tire maintenance can also help to ensure that your gas mileage is not being robbed by worn or underinflated tires. Read on to explore three aspects of tire maintenance and how they affect your car’s overall safety.
Low tire pressure increases the amount of heat in your tires, reducing your vehicle’s traction and decreasing your ability to bring your vehicle to a complete stop. Underinflated tires are also not as stiff as properly inflated tires, so they are less effective at cornering. Low tire inflation also increases the chances of experiencing a tire blowout or a flat tire, both of which can be extremely unsafe, especially if you are driving at highway speeds.
Older tires, even if they haven’t been driven more than a few thousand miles per year, are more likely to fall apart than tires with new rubber. This is because tires begin to crack as the result of sun damage and other weathering effects, revealing exposed wire and steel belts and causing sidewall separation. If your tires are approaching six years old, it’s time to replace them no matter how much tread they have left.
Uneven or Excessive Tread Wear
Tires with low tread or uneven tread provide dangerously low traction on slippery road surfaces and increase your chances of hydroplaning. Additionally, tires with uneven or low wear are more likely to blow out. As well as being a major safety hazard, a tire blow out can damage your wheels and require expensive repair service before you can get back on the road.
To get the tire maintenance that your car needs, head to Michael J’s Body Shop in San Jose. We’ve been serving the Bay Area for over 20 years and are happy to answer your questions about automotive maintenance or auto body repair. Call us at (877) 763-5195 or visit our website to learn more about our services.
Every year in the United States, over 3 million people sustain injuries that result from car collisions. To avoid a potentially life-threatening car collision, follow the safety tips presented in this video.
Always check your tires with an air pressure gauge on a monthly basis. A car repair shop can inflate your tires and inspect them to be sure that they have sufficient tread. Also, be sure that you have an emergency safety kit and that you never use a cell phone when you operate your vehicle unless you have a hands-free system.
Even the most prepared drivers in the world can be involved in an auto accident. Fortunately, Michael J’s Body Shop is here to get your vehicle back in tip-top shape in the event that you are involved in a collision. Visit us on the web or call (877) 763-5195 for more information on our cutting-edge body shops that have been in the Bay area for over 20 years.
Many of the distracted-driving collisions that occur on a daily basis are easily avoided—the key is knowing which behaviors to avoid yourself and which behaviors to look for in your fellow motorists. Here are some of the top causes of distracted driving and how you can prevent them from causing a car collision.
Looking at a roadside accident or scenery can be avoided by simply focusing on the road ahead. Unfortunately, “rubber necking” is one of the top causes of distracted-driving collisions. If you see something that catches your interest on the side of the road, ask someone in the cabin to tell you what it is, or pull over and have a look if you’re that interested or concerned.
If you feel tired, don’t get behind the wheel of a car—instead, pull over and rest. Driving while fatigued could cause you to drift off of the road and get into a collision that could severely injure yourself and others.
Tell your kids and your passengers that you cannot be bothered while you’re driving. If anyone inside the cabin of your car wants your attention, be sure that you are at a complete stop before you take your eyes off of the road.
Adjusting Car Stereo, Vehicle Controls
If your car has steering wheel audio controls, be sure that you use them. If you take your eyes off of the road to adjust your car’s stereo or air conditioning, you could wind up getting into a car collision.
Whether it’s texting or talking, don’t use your cell phone when you drive unless it’s through a hands-free device. Numerous studies have shown that using a cell phone while driving can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
If you are ever in a car collision, come to Michael J’s Body Shop. With two state-of-the-art collision repair facilities in San Jose, we can get your car back on the road in no time at all. Call (877) 763-5195 or visit our website to learn more about our collision repair and auto body services.
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