Do NOT Forget Tire Safety to Avoid Alaska Car Accidents This Winter


The long-range forecast may be showing winter temperatures to be milder than normal throughout Alaska for 2021, but motorists know that getting vehicles ready for the rough weather is still a critical task. However, statistics from theNational Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that far too many drivers overlook one of the most important features for purposes of safety: Tires. On average, there are around 33,000 car accidents every year linked to tire blowouts and related failures. More than 600 people are killed in these incidents annually, though a spike in 2017 resulted in 738 fatalities from tire blowouts.

Nothing will completely prevent tire malfunctions, but keeping up with regular maintenance will be crucial for handling the winter conditions. Experts have determined that blowouts are a product of the type of vehicle, the state of the tire before the collision, and road conditions, giving some guidance on how to stay safe. The following tips about winter tire safety are useful for avoiding Anchorage car accidents linked to tire failure.


Choose Tires Carefully

You should always install the best tires you can afford for your vehicle and the conditions in which you drive. The heavy snow, sleet, and ice that are common during the colder months in Alaska mean most motorists will need winter tires, though you should bear in mind the special considerations for 4-wheel-drive vehicles. Once you find the right fit with a set of tires, make sure to inspect them frequently for signs of wear and tear. It is also helpful to rotate them periodically.


Keep an Eye on Tire Pressure

Purchase an inexpensive tire gauge, and stow it in your vehicle’s glove box. Whenever you fill up with gas, grab the tool and check tire pressure. The top reason for tire blowouts is over- or under-inflation, and pressure can vary dramatically with temperature fluctuations. Manufacturer’s recommendations on pressure level are usually located on your driver’s side door jamb or tire sidewalls.


Inspect Tire Treads Regularly

 All you need is a penny to make sure your tire treads are safe. Fit the coin inside the groove, with Lincoln facing down, and see how much of his head is visible. If some is hidden, your treads are above 2/32 inch – a satisfactory depth. When you cannot see Lincoln’s head, the treads may not be sufficiently deep for Alaska winter weather.


Check Steering Alignment

 If your steering wheel pulls to one side or the other, the alignment is off – and it can affect your tires. Unbalanced steering alignment can lead to uneven wear and tear on certain tires, potentially causing a blowout.


Consult With an Alaska Car Accident Lawyer About Your Options

If you were hurt in an auto crash, our team at Power & Power Law can explain your legal remedies. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, and other losses, and we are ready to support your needs.Please contact our offices in Anchorage, Alaska to set up a free consultation today.