Study Says Vehicles With Underinflated Tires Three Times More Likely To Be In An Accident
May 14, 2012 7:49 PM
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Tire pressures play a big factor in accidents
A government study performed in the United States has found that 5% of vehicles involved in crashes experienced some sort of tire problem. The moral of the study is that underinflated tires are at significantly higher risk of causing an accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- using data gathered between 2005 and 2007 -- conducted the study.
According to the study, vehicles with tires underinflated by 25% or more were three times as likely to be involved in the crash linked to tire problems. The study also found that 66% of tire related crashes involve passenger cars.
"Tire problems are inherently hazardous to vehicle safety," the NHTSA report said. "When these problems emerge in the pre-crash phase, the time window for attempting a crash avoidance maneuver is normally very small."
Another discovery made in the study includes that poorly maintained tires are tires that are underinflated are also more likely to experience problems in bad weather.
Of the sample vehicles that the study looked at it was determined that 11.2% had problems linked to tires in bad weather compared to 3.9% when weather was not a factor. Senior vice president for public affairs cites the new tire study for the Rubber Manufacturers Association, Dan Zielinski, as a clear indication that proper tire maintenance and inflation are critical for driver safety.
Tire pressure monitoring systems
are installed in all 2008 model year and newer vehicles due to a U.S. government mandate. The tire pressure monitoring system alerts drivers when any tire is 25% or more below the recommended inflation level.
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Studies like this can be dangerous...
5/15/2012 4:08:03 PM
Or at least, articles like this as some fool will read it and say, "Hey, Eff ah underinflatulate mah tyres, I'll crash so eh, bettar overinflate to compensate!"
Overinflated tires can be just as dangerous depending on which ones and how much. Try overinflating your rear tires for some fun times! It really helps the back end slide out, especially at high speeds.
Most people don't comprehend how much of a role tire pressure can play in your car's handling. You can totally tweak out your performance (within limits) just by adding or removing a little air.
RE: Studies like this can be dangerous...
5/16/2012 7:59:53 AM
I'm not sure that's how it works. Most people who are that stupid don't read. So I can't see how this will be an issue, at least until the muppets at the "eyewitness" news get ahold of it and only read the first 3 lines.
P.S. You can always tell if local news is reliable, there are a few clues. If their name includes the word "eyewitness" or their ads claim they are the best news team in the entire country then they're terrible.
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