A Message from Toward Zero Deaths Minnesota:
Have you checked your tires lately? Having tires with safe, legal tread depth can help decrease your chances of crashing, especially with challenging weather and road conditions. Tires with inadequate tread depth may cause your vehicle to more easily skid out of control on both wet and snow-covered roadways. Routine tire maintenance can help prevent you from going off the road or into oncoming traffic. Check tires for cuts, bulges and exposed ply or cord. These conditions can cause blowouts. Check tread depth. Tires with a tread depth of one-sixteenth of an inch or less are unsafe and illegal. Place a penny head first into the tread grooves. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. Check tire pressure with a tire gauge. Tires can be as much as 50 percent under-inflated before it is visibly noticeable. If you are unsure about checking your own tires, many auto shops will take a look at your tires. Failing to check your tires can lead to a serious or fatal crash. Taking a few seconds to check before getting behind the wheel can pay off, helping you to get to your destination safely. Please continue to remind your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers that we all have the power to make choices that keep everyone alive.