Worn Tire Treads Can Cause Connecticut Auto Accidents
Worn down tire treads create an increased chance for skidding on roadways and causing Connecticut auto accidents. A new report from AAA recommends that drivers replace their vehicle’s tires before 4/32 inches of tread.
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles says that if your tires are below 2/32 inch of tread, your tires are too bald and it is time to replace them. Worn tires driving at highway speeds on wet pavement increase your average stopping distance by 43%, compared to new tires.
Despite Connecticut regulations, there were 653 tire-related crashes in which 246 people were injured or killed in Connecticut in 2017, reports the UCONN Crash Data Repository. These figures equate on average to 12 crashes a week or approximately 5 people a week killed or injured in the state because of tire-related issues.
Because of driving dangers with wet tires, AAA recommends;
- Increase your following distance to allow for space to the car in front of you;
- Reduce speed; avoid hard braking;
- Avoid using cruise control;
- Gently ease off the accelerator and steer in the direction you want to go if you hydroplane. When the wheels gain traction, you’ll be in control of the vehicle. Don’t brake forcefully since this may cause a skid.
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