Worn tires may not be safe to drive on

Many New Jersey drivers assume that the tires in their vehicle are safe if they have not reached a particular level of wear determined by the tire manufacturer, which is generally considered to be when groves are worn down to 2/32 of an inch deep. However, according to a study done by Consumer Reports, it appears that even all weather tires may lose their effectiveness in snow and rain when they are just halfway worn down.

Consumer Reports compared several sets of all weather tires with one group being brand new and the other having been worn halfway down. It was discovered that the worn tires were not able to keep up with the new ones in terms of snow traction, preventing hydroplaning or stopping on slick surfaces. Tests showed that it took three to six feet longer to stop on a wet road with the worn down tires.

The reason for the difference is that grooves in tires allow the tires to grip the road as well as channel water away from the tire. As tires wear down, there is less tire surface touching the road, which can lead to reduced ability to stop and accelerate as well as hydroplaning, where a vehicle stops responding to steering.

Whether someone is in a car crash due to the state of their tires or due to someone else's carelessness, there is frequently the need to pay for vehicle repairs and medical treatment. A lawyer can assist victims of an accident with determining the appropriate amount of compensation to cover their costs as well as helping them to obtain it through a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: Consumer Reports, "How safe are worn tires?", accessed on Feb. 6, 2015

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